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These are the words of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin: “I have not said that the NPP has a majority in Parliament, I have not said that.”
He referred to a request for clarification on his previous assertion that the ‘majority faction’ in the House was the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and an Independent Candidate.
The application came from Haruna Iddrisu, the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament. In reaction to the Tamale South MP, the speaker emphasized that he had spoken of a majority party composed of the NPP caucus and its ally in the person of Andrew Amoako Asiamah, the Fomena MP.
The speaker stressed before his explanation, saying;
Honourable members, coming from the high office of the personality of the leader of the NDC wing in Parliament, sometimes referred to as caucus. I will try to clarify what I said.
“The word group means more than one and before I used that phrase, I did state that no party had advantage over the other in terms of the numbers.
“But since the independent member, decided to do business, decided to associate in the conduct of business on the floor of this house with the NPP wing or caucus in Parliament, the two put together now constitute majority parliamentary group.”
He proceeded that it was only a question of time before a clear majority or minority in the house would be formed with court actions surrounding a number of seats. As Ghanaians were not engaged in partisanship, he assigned representatives to unite to champion the national agenda.
“Clearly, when you go through the symbols, especially the labyrinth, and the traditional meanings of the symbols there, you will understand that this kind of partisanship does not interest the good people of Ghana,” he added.
The 8th Parliament’s second session is ongoing.
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