The former President of Ghana and the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress John Dramani Mahama, in his congratulatory message to the Speaker of the 8th Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin says, the election of the long term serving Member of Parliament in the 4th Republic is an affirmation that a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus building can make us even stronger as a nation.
According to John Dramani Mahama, the events of last night stretching into the morning of 7th January, 2021 which birthed the election of Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin as the Speaker of Parliament have been both a great occasion for Ghana’s democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice.
“The election of Speaker Bagbin affirms what a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus building can make us even stronger as a nation.” He explained.
The former President again said, the attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West Carlos Ahenkorah and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament. “The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry and gives the impression that this administration is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past. Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions.” He said.
Mr. Mahama therefore extends his congratulations to the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for your dedication and commitment.