The former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Mahama has congratulated Alban Sumana Bagbin for his new post as the newly sworn-in Speaker Of Parliament.
Alban Bagbin who is the former Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo, in the Upper West Region of north Ghana under the ticket for NDC (National Democratic Congress) was sworn today morning Thursday, January 7, 2021, as the new Speaker Of Parliament for the Eighth Parliament of the Republic of Ghana. Read Here.
He won a chaotic, closely contested secret ballot in the Chamber of Parliament on Thursday against former Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye. One of the oldest serving MPs polled 138 votes against his predecessors 136 with one legislator failing to vote.
The long dragging process lasted over nine hours which delayed the swearing-in of MPs-elect and the selection process of a Speaker for the 8th Parliament.
The former President and leader of the NDC took to his Facebook page to congratulate him on a well-deserved position he won, as well as the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for their dedication and commitment. See this congratulatory message below.
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“Congratulations Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin on your election as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
“The events of last night stretching into the morning of 7th January have been both a great occasion for Ghana’s democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice.
The election of Speaker Bagbin affirms what a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus-building can make us even stronger as a nation.
“The attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament. The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry and gives the impression that this administration is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past. Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions.
“Congratulations to the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for your dedication and commitment.”
Congratulations Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin on your election as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th…