I’m Speaker Of Parliament For Ghana But I Can’t Be Partisan – Alban Bagbin
The Speaker of Parliament for Ghana, Alban Bagbin has disclosed to the media that he does not belong to any political party and now he occupies the position to serve his country Ghana.
The longest-serving legislator in Ghana’s political history, after a rancorous Speakership poll, ascended the position a little over two months ago despite his party, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) having lost the December 7, 2020 presidential election and splitting the 275 seats of Parliament with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The former Nadowli-Kaleo MP, who had been a lawmaker since the almost-three-decade-old fourth republic of Ghana, recently came under attack, along with Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and Minority Whip Muntaka Muburak, from the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, after the house passed some contentious ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo despite express directives from the Functional Executive Committee of the party, that those ministers-designate should be rejected for various reasons.
In a social media harangue, Mr Gyamfi said the NDC no more regarded Mr Bagbin as an NDC Speaker, even though he attained the position on the party’s ticket.
He said, Mr Bagbin has betrayed the Minority Caucus, by approving the nominees
“Some have sold their conscience but ours is intact. And we can work together to rebuild the party from the ashes of 3 March 2021, which I call ‘Black Wednesday’ – our day of self-inflicted shame”, Mr Gyamfi said in the post, adding: “This is the time for us to insist on the right changes in the leadership of the NDC group in Parliament or forget about them completely”.
To him, “the current leadership have lost their moral authority to lead and are not fit to sit on the front bench of the NDC side of the house”.
furthermore, they should understand that they don’t have any NDC Speaker of Parliament.
“No, we don’t!” he stressed, in reference to Mr Bagbin, complaining: “We have a Speaker who rode on the back of the NDC into office to pursue his own parochial agenda and nothing more”.
“You trust them at your own peril”, he warned members and supporters of the NDC.
Passing a brief comment about the attack on him during a courtesy call by CMG, the Speaker of Parliament addressed his competency.
“Because I belong or came from a party, doesn’t means I’m going to enhance favouritism and partisan approach.
“Now, “I don’t belong to any party. I’m Speaker of Ghana. I’m not a Speaker of NPP. I’m not a Speaker of NDC. I’m Speaker of Ghana. And I must hold my credibility as a Speaker Of Parliament for Ghana and not to entertain any partisan approach with regards to my duty as Speaker of Parliament for Ghana”.