Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the Member of Parliament for Suame and leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament has revealed why Alan Bagbin won the Speakership position in a contest between him and the former Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye.
According to him, there was a lack of unity among the members of the NPP during the voting process and that contributed to the victory of Bagbin.
He also mentioned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) infiltrated the NPP camp ahead of the Speakership election.
Osei Mensah Bonsu said prior to the election, there were rumors that some of the NPP MPs conspired to vote against Prof. Mike Oquaye but he had tried hard to dissuade them and failed.
He said,“I heard rumours that the NDC was trying to bribe some of our members to vote against Speaker Oquaye. So I quickly called those whose names were mentioned to speak with them; others too had some unresolved issues with him and had said they would not vote for him. I met all those members in the hotel and spoke at length with them to rescind their decision, but it practically fell on deaf ears.”
He further revealed that “ the speakership position was conferred on Alban Sumana not necessarily because he won but in order to make way for the inauguration of the President and his Vice.
“It is never true that Bagbin won by 138 votes ; at a point, we realized that the NDC Caucus was bent on frustrating the process and thereby delaying the coronation of President Akuffo-Addo, so we had to build consensus and give in to their demands to save time,” he said.
According to the Former Majority leader, it would have been a disgrace for Ghana if they hadn’t allowed consensus and gave in to the NDC’s demands because lots of the foreign dignitaries had to return to their countries. So there was no need to delay the inauguration.