The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu has revealed that MP for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga and his Chief Whip Mohammed-Mubarak Muntakatogether with some other NDC MPs lured him to run for the speakership position prior to the selection of veteran parliamentarian and now speaker of parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin.
The Member of Parliament for Tamale South made the startling revelation at a thanksgiving event held in honour of the Speaker in the WaalaTraditional Area of the Upper West Region.
“A group of NDC MPs led by Mahama Ayariga, some of our colleagues and my able whip the Muntaka Mubarak had come to my office to lure me and to encourage me to run for the position of Speaker,” Haruna Iddrisu disclosed
According to Haruna Iddrisu, despite the well intentioned move by his colleague MPs, he knew there were people within the party who would better fit the position in the persons of the former Nadowli Kaleo MP Alban Bagbin and NDC General Secretary and former MP for Tain, Johnson Asiedu Nketia. He subsequently proposed their candidatures at a meeting with the NDC’s highest leadership.
“I knew in my heart God will have favour on someone amongst us, therefore in a subsequent meeting of the Minority caucus, I had questioned the Honourable Ayariga and my colleagues that I was not too sure whether they had the mandate or my authority to proceed further with their good intentions”. He said.
The Minority leader continued “Then in a meeting with the NDC’s highest leadership somewhere in the offices of former President Mahama, I said to the group that my candidate for speaker was amongst us and pointed to Honourable Alban Bagbin and the Honourable Asiedu Nketia; before [I] could land the Honourable Asiedu Nketia held the hand of Honourable Bagbin strongly and said it should be the Honourable Bagbin.
“Little did I know that good fate and God’s glory was vested in him [Alban Bagbin]. We then conspired, led then by the Whip to come and work and see what God’s grace will be and to his glory and grace we have the [….] Speaker of the 8th Parliament; not just the ordinary, but the mostexperienced among our group, the most qualified among our group in whom we trust that he will be fair and firm as Speaker of Ghana and not just[with] any political group in Ghana.”
On the 7th of January 2021, the former NDC Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin was elected as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament in a chaotic and keenly contested election; An outcome that many described as shocking being the first speaker to be elected from an opposition party .
The former second deputy speaker of in the 7thparliament polled 138 votes as against the NPP’s candidate Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, who was also the speaker in the previous parliament’s 136 votes.