The election for the Speakership for the 8th Parliament ended with some surprises to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), as the winner, Hon. Alban Bagbin polled a total of one hundred and thirty-eight (138) votes against a rather disadvantaged position his party; the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has in the house currently.
The close tie of 137 seats for both parties with just one independent Member of Parliament to be wooed by the NPP, It was hard to believe Hon. Alban Bagbin would take the seat.
But the NPP has no other choice to accept this outcome despite their suspicions of having a mole amongst them in the caucus, as indicated by the former Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Kyea.
He had sworn to get the leadership of the house to get to the bottom of the matter to sanction whoever amongst them betrayed their choice of a Speaker in the person of Prof. Mike Oquaye.
Funny enough, self-styled broadcast journalist, Kevin Taylor has argued that the task to unearth that mole in the NPP could be handed over to the Assin Central legislator, Kennedy Agyapong.
But some convincing arguments of some suspicion somewhat has been raised on social media in reference with the relationships some two members of parliament in the NPP had with both nominees of the Speaker.
Saddik Adams a broadcast journalist and sports enthusiast, had cited some events dating back as far as 2015 to suggest that the Majority Leader of the NPP, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu could have voted for the NDC’s Alban Bagbin today.
To him, these two political actors are strong buddies, and there is every reason that Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu would endorse the candidature of his old time buddy.
“You all remember that in 2015, Hon Osei Mensah Bonsu (NPP) travelled all the way to the Nadowli Kaleo constituency to campaign for Alban Bagbin when the latter was “struggling” to retain his seat in the NDC primaries. Old friends,” he tweeted.
Another MP, in the person of Hon. Ameyaw Cheremeh, Sunyani East NPP MP has been suspected to have voted for the NDC’s Alban Bagbin on grounds that he was hear saying in a radio interview last month that he won’t vote for Prof Mike Ocquaye. Saddick Adams referenced this assertion with a video attached to his tweet.
“Remember the last election, NPP MPs that voted against him were more than 10. And if I should come out openly…
I have a lot of respect in Parliament,” Mr. Cheremah said in the interview.
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