1.So, late evening last Friday, Bagbin had the strength to leave the comfort of his home to go to Parliament to respond to issues that had been raised by the Majority Leader earlier same day? Is it not this same Bagbin who did not have the strength on Monday 20th December, 2021, to preside?
2. The issues raised by the Majority Leader were fivefold.
i. That Bagbin, in leaving the Speaker’s Chair to the 1st Deputy Speaker, had told the him (1st Deputy Speaker) he would return soon but failed to return as promised.
ii. That Bagbin was in his office watching proceedings and drove away later that Monday night after the confusion had started. Was it not deliberate on the part of Bagbin to have the confusion that had arisen continued? What kind of Abusuapanin (family head or elder) would abandon his family house when the house is on fire?
iii. The Majority Leader stated that though Bagbin, in exiting the Chamber, had assured the 1st Deputy Speaker he (Bagbin) would return soon, not only did he not return, but also left the precincts of Parliament without communicating same to either the 1st Deputy Speaker or the Majority Leader who is the Leader of the House or even the Minority Leader (At least, for respect and fairness).
iv. The Majority Leader Stated that, in the morning of 17th November when the Finance Minister went to Parliament to present the 2022 Budget Statement, he (Speaker Bagbin) flew into tantrums upon learning that Parliament had been allocated Ghc510million instead of the 2% of the total national revenue, translating into Ghc1.72billion, that he, the Speaker, had insisted should be allocated to Parliament.
v. That the Rt Hon Speaker angrily shouted that the Budget was going to be rejected by Parliament. Bagbin also added that he did not want to remind the Finance Minister about what his (Finance Minister’s) father, Jones Ofori Atta, did to President Liman’s budget.
These were the issues that the Majority Leader had raised. The Majority Leader inferred that it is that stance of the Speaker on the allocation to Parliament that is causing this stalemate and the reason why the Speaker chooses not to preside at the times when he is most required to do so.
Surprisingly, Speaker Bagbin did not, and indeed could not, respond to these matters. He only played to the gallery and decided not to respond to the substantive matters raised.
He, Mr. Bagbin, rather said that he is not the Whip for the Majority Caucus. Well, it seems nobody has made that allegation anywhere. ‘He is the Speaker, he must precide.’ All what Ghanaians are saying is that, the Speaker must Preside. If he cannot, he must leave the Chair honourably. As simple as that.
Rt Hon Bagbin insisted that if the NPP passes the E-Lavy Bill, the NPP would lose the next elections. That statement was meant to court the sympathy of NPP support base. But the NPP know that Bagbin is NDC. He hasn’t changed as we know until now. We know he has meetings with the NDC Leaders on daily basis before he goes to preside in the Chamber. His office is populated with NDC party officers and former NDC MPs whom he, Bagbin, has caused Parliament to employ and pay.
The NPP is aware that he does not mean well for us. Please let him, Bagbin, hold his crocodile tears!!!
Rt Hon Bagbin, what Ghanaians expect you to do is to preside over Parliament’ as a neutral umpire or referee, and not to resort to these Jack-where-are-you tricks. As simple as that.
#Ghanaians are watching!
#Time to Know The Real Identity of Bagbin*