A member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Otchere Darko, has congratulated newly-elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament, former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Nadwoli Kaleo, Alban Bagbin.
Mr Octhere-Darko in a tweet said “The people spoke on Dec 7. Their representatives spoke in Parliament on Jan 7. Rt Hon ASK Bagbin is the Speaker of our 8th Parliament.
During the election in the chamber on Thursday January 7, Mr Bagbin polled 138 votes as against 136 for former Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye who is also a former New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Dome Kwabenya.
Prof Oqauye’s defeat came on the back of the slim majority the NPP is enjoying in parliament.
The NPP’s side in parliament looked confused and heartbroken after the results were announced by the clerk of parliament.
This has also led to accusation and counter accusation of why the NPP MPs failed to elect the represented from their own party.
“Let us congratulate him and welcome the opportunity this Parliament presents to our democracy,” he said.
Mr Otchdere Darko who is also Former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute added “Let us be careful. The sins of an unknown two should not be visited on a known 138.
“ The reckless and unsubstantiated allegations must be discouraged. Lessons we must learn for sure and we must forge ahead as a solid group.”