The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of treachery and trickery in the selection of the two Deputy Speakers of Parliament on January 7 2021.
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, revealed that the NPP had earlier pleaded with them for Joseph Osei-Owusu to be elected as first deputy speaker.
According to him, despite this, the governing party used deceived them in selecting the Deputy Speakers.
The Chief Scribe said this was evident in the utterances of the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and the Second Deputy Speaker right after the selection of Alban Bagbin as Speaker.
Speaking at the 40th Anniversary commemoration of the 31st December Revolution in Accra, General Mosquito noted that the NDC allowed this to slide due to their good faith and interest in the country’s Parliamentary democracy.
“The leadership of NPP came to Parliament and came to beg us to allow them to select a first deputy speaker and in the end, the word was sent from the Presidency that they are also begging, so we agreed. Still, they persisted and virtually begged us that they do not want to disgrace Ghana.”
“NDC does not want this country destroyed, so we agreed. Immediately, we agreed, the first statement that came from Osei-Kyei-Mensah after the swearing-in was that, we begged them and that there was no election in Parliament to select a first deputy speaker.”
“Those of you accusing NDC of not being interested in negotiations should listen carefully. As if that was not enough, immediately after the second deputy speaker was selected, he also addressed the press and declared his support for the NPP. What does that mean? [It meant] that the NPP used trickery to select the two deputy speakers,” Asiedu Nketia explained