‘Your office missed the point for not informing me first’ – Bagbin to Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, has chastised the Office of the President for neglecting to impart three specific names on his as of late delivered rundown of Council of State candidates to his office first, as a component of the sacred necessity to counsel Parliament on such, before distribution in the media of those chosen people.

On Monday, 1 February 2021, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as per Article 89 (2) of the Constitution, selected eleven individuals to frame the Council of State.

They incorporate Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene; Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Mr Sam Okudzeto, Mr Stanley Blankson, Prof. Ato Essuman, Alhaji Aminu Amadu, Dr Margaret Amoakohene, Mrs Georgina Kusi, Mrs Alberta Cudjoe, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, and Alhaji Sule Yiremiah.

An assertion gave by the Ag. Head of Communication at the Office of the President, Mr Eugene Arhin, with that impact, said: “The President, subject to counsel with Parliament, has additionally named, as per Article 89(2)(a)(i)(ii) and (iii), Georgina Theodora Wood, a previous Chief Justice, Lt. Gen. J.B. Danquah, a previous Chief of Defense Staff of the Armed Forces, and Nana Owusu Nsiah, a previous Inspector-General of Police, to the Council”.

“The President of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, is ex-officio an individual from the Council, in advancement of Article 89(2)(b)”, the assertion added.

It said the “arrangement of the Council will be finished with the political race, due to be hung on twelfth February 2021, of the territorial delegates, as per Article 89(2)(c)”.

Notwithstanding, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu communicated misgivings about the President’s inability to initially advise the Speaker and furthermore “counsel” Parliament on the arrangements indicated in by Article 89(2)(a)(i)(ii) and (iii) of the 1992 Constitution, of a previous Chief Justice, previous Chief of Defense Staff and previous Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

“They should regard the organization of Parliament and your great self [Speaker] so we are not perusing from one Eugene Arhin, we are hearing it officially from Mr Speaker as true correspondence from the President of the Republic on the grounds that the Council of State has a job to direct him; we should realize the individuals who are guiding him so we can evaluate whether they will be offering him fortunate or unfortunate guidance”, Mr Iddrisu grumbled on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, 2 February 2021.

With regards to the Office of the President, Okaikoi Central MP Patrick Boamah, said: “The principles of the house are sure about correspondences to you [Speaker] and the house as specified under Order 51. With your thoughtful authorization, I would peruse: ‘Correspondences from the President to the house lobby be made to the Speaker by composed message endorsed by the President or without the President, by the Vice-President or a clergyman acting by order of the President. Mr Speaker, the pioneer, my great sibling Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, raised issues as to article 89 and there are two portions in that arrangement – even three that are pertinent to his worry. 89 (2) manages the class of people that the President should name in discussion with your great self and the house and 89 (2)(b) were the names that we’ve seen that the President has delivered to the general population and they are not inside the classification of people that the President should counsel the house on”.

Be that as it may, Mr Bagbin said: “The worry of the Minority Leader, is with 89(2), which peruses: ‘The Council of State will comprise of (a) the accompanying people designated by the President in discussion with Parliament. (I) one individual who has recently held the workplace of Chief Justice (ii) one individual who has recently held the workplace of Chief of Defense Staff of the Armed Forces of Ghana (iii) one individual who has recently held the workplace of Inspector-General of Police'”.

“I have not gotten any correspondence from the President in this regard neither verbal nor composed; formal nor casual and, along these lines, the Minority Leader is directly in drawing the consideration of the house to this and I’ll coordinate that this be passed on to the Office of the President that the legitimate thing be finished. … It’s legitimate that we do these interviews before we open up to the world. That is the best activity”, Mr Bagbin scolded.

He called attention to that “the distribution as to 89(2)(b) is in the correct course yet with 89(2)(a), I think the workplace of the President missed the point and I so immediate that that be imparted to the workplace of the President”.

“Whenever that I get the correspondence appropriately directed to me, I’ll let Parliament know and we’ll pass on our perspectives to the President”, he said, adding: “The President will undoubtedly acknowledge whatever we’ll say; that you can be certain [about].”

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