The MP for Asawase, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, has disclosed that he spent more than two weeks convincing his colleague legislators to vote for Alban Bagbin as Speaker of Parliament.
“And I spent almost two and a half weeks after the election trying to reach out to as many members not only on our side but on the other side as well,” he told Joy News.
“We were trying to let them understand that this was in our national interest to get a Speaker on the other side so that we can put a check on the executive.”
Mr. Bagbin, who is a stalwart of the NDC, was historically elected the Speaker of the 8th Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
The former Nadowli Kaleo MP beat off competition from NPP nominee, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye.
This is the first time in Ghana’s history that a candidate from the opposition party has been elected as Speaker of Parliament.
“I heard rumours that the NDC was trying to bribe some of our members to vote against Speaker Oquaye, so I quickly called those whose names was mentioned to speak with them; others too had some unresolved issues with him and had said they would not vote for him. I met all those members in the hotel and spoke at length with them to change their decision, but it practically fell on deaf ears,” Mr. Mensah Bonsu said.
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