In case you are wondering what will transpire today in Parliament, Friday January 15th, the Leader of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Caucus in Parliament Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has claimed that,the Speaker of Parliament Sumana Alban Bagbin will on Friday declare the NPP side as the majority in Parliament.
His claim is in response to the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Haruna Iddrisu press conference yesterday, where he is quoted to have said that regardless of the fact that the only independent candidate in Parliament, Andrew Asiamah Amoah has officially aligned with the NPP side, the NPP still does not have the majority in the House.
Hon.Kyei Mensah Bonsu explained that, the matter of who constitutes a majority in the House should not be a subject of litigation by the two parties in Parliament as it is rather a case of the side with the most numbers.
As such, should the Fomena MP maintain his position to sit with the NPP side of the House, then the NPP will have more numbers than the NDC, hence, will be declared as the majority in Parliament.
To the leader these are initial stages, adding that, he wants to believe that when the chips fall in place tomorrow which happens to be today [Friday], we will be able to overcome this,”
Although Mr Iddrisu maintains that there is no Majority or Minority in the 8th Parliament as both NPP and NDC have equal seats of 137, the Suame legislator is also optimistic that the addition of Mr Asiamah to their numbers gives them the power of the majority in Parliment.
This, he said, will ensure that the NPP Caucus will chair all committees except the two designated for the ‘Minority’ in Parliament.
Mr Mensah Bonsu also however applauded the statement by Haruna Iddrisu indicating the NDC MPs willingness to sit on the left side of the Speaker which is the traditional sitting place of the minority in Parliament.
By: Muftaw Iddrisu | TalksGhana.com