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Opinion: A By-election At Madina? Whispering From One Conner

Sunday, 7th November 2021

I don't know if everyone sees what I see from my one conner. From where I sit, a by election is possible at Madina constituency in the Greater Accra region.

The seat is currently being held by an NDC brainy Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu, a human rights lawyer of good standing. He won the seat in 2020 from the incumbent NPP MP Hon. Alhaji Abubakar Saddiq Boniface.

It will be recalled that in 2017, the General Legal Council (GLC) seized the license of Mr. Sosu for misconduct. He had to battle it out in the court before he eventually got his license back.

Four years on, the lawyer is facing criminal charges and is expected to appear in court on the 8th of this month. The bad news is that if convicted, Mr. Sosu can go to jail and the Madina seat will become vacant. This requires a by election. Even if he is sentenced to a fine, he would not be able to hold the seat as the law doesn't allow persons with criminal records to hold positions such as a legislator.

It will be recalled that Mr. Sosu organised a demonstration in his constituency on the 26th of October to demand for good roads. But the peaceful demonstration turned chaotic as demonstrators blocked roads and burnt tyres.

The police have failed on two occasions to arrest the NDC legislator. A request to the speaker of parliament to release the MP to assist in police investigation was turned down. Eventually the supposed investigation was carried out in the speaker's office.

Following this, the police have officially charged Hon. Sosu of blocking public road and destruction of properties. These are criminal charges.

The constitution is clear, a person who has criminal records cannot hold himself as a member of parliament. If convicted, Hon. Sosu will seize to hold himself as a member of parliament.

I hope the NDC will not downplay this because it is a possibility. Besides, each side of the political divide needs one MP more to form majority in parliament.

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Moses Akrugu

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Alhaji Abubakar Saddiq Boniface General Legal Council Madina NDC NPP


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