New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri, and Chief Whip for the NPP caucus, Frank Annoh Dompreh has served notice that, he and his colleagues will on Friday, January 15 use “any means legitimate” to fend off any attempts by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members to occupy the Majority seats.
He says the issue of which side of the two caucuses is in the majority is no longer debatable and that NDC members will not be allowed to take up the right side of the Speaker as they did on January 7 when MPs-elect met to be inaugurated and to elect a Speaker.
Both the NDC and the NPP are claiming to have the majority even though both have 137 seats each.
According to him, the NPP caucus will no longer sit down for the NDC to take them for granted.
While it has been the convention in Ghana’s parliament for Majority sides to occupy seats to the right hand side of the Speaker and the Minority to the left, the NDC side which is claiming majority in spite of having 137 seats as the NPP from the 2020 general elections, took the majority side, much to the distress of the NPP members who had occupied the side in the immediate past administration.
The action of the NDC MPs led to a momentary stand-off, degenerating later into a near-fight when Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, NPP MP for Ablekuma West who had insisted on occupying her ‘rightful seat’ and thus sat among the NDC members, when her seat was taken and ended up sitting on the laps of NDC MP, Mintah Akandoh.
But speaking on Accra-based Peace FM, Annoh Dompreh said the NPP members are not going to be as docile as to be bullied again by the NDC MPs.
Parliament regroups on Friday for the first time since rising from their resentment investiture and election of Alban Sumana Bagbin as Speaker of the 8th Parliament.
The NPP members, according to Annoh Dompreh, expect the NDC to come to bully their way to attempt to occupy the majority seats again, however, he and his colleagues are determined it does not happen again.
He said “We’re expecting that there will be an understanding between the two sides; the majority should go to the majority side and the minority to their side; otherwise as a chief whip, I won’t sit down for them [NDC] to step on us…if there’s still no understanding, we will advise ourselves.”
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