The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Semanu Kingsford Bagbin has settled the debates on whether he was duly elected by Members of Parliament as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic or was selected based on a consensus.
In delivering his address on the floor of Parliament during the first sitting of the eighth (8th) Parliament on Friday, 15th January, 2021, the Rt. Hon. Alban Semanu Kingsford Bagbin indicated that, he was duly elected by Members of Parliament and not selected on consensus as many are circulating on the Media.
According to him, he had a total of 138 valid votes as against a total valid votes of 136 in favor of Rt Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye (Former Speaker of Parliament) with one rejected ballot, which propelled him to the high office of Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana.
He has therefore called on the House to consider Ghanaians in their activities and affairs in Parliament for a better Ghana.
“No more, no less. Cooperation, dialogue, accommodation, and consensus building must guide this Parliament in the conduct of its business. We must work together for the betterment of Ghana and Ghanaians. That I believe is the demand of Ghanaians and the loud and clear message of the 2020 general elections. That is the message in the votes of 136 in favor of Rt Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, as to 138 for Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, with one spoilt ballot, which propelled me to this high office of Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana. The battle is always the Lords. Glory be to the Most High God.” He explained.
On 7th January, 2021, the Clerk of Parliament, Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, who presided over the inauguration of the 8th Parliament has announced Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin as the Speaker elect for the 8th Parliament with 138 votes against 136 vote for Rt Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye with one rejected ballot.