The Founding President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education says the National Democratic Congress must be celebrated for their actions during the inauguration of Speaker Alban Bagbin.

Franklin Cudjoe said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) exhibited a true definition of love for the country by protecting its democracy and the right to vote.

“Anytime the ballot is challenged or the process leading to a ballot is challenged either through consensual crime or intention to commit a crime, anybody who is there, you, myself or anybody seen to be preventing crime, I doff my hat,” he said.

Franklin Cudjoe stated that Ghanaians and its leaders must be vigilant since there is no telling when one has to stand up to defend the democracy of the country against the people who threaten it.

“All protocols of good conduct and good conscience had broken down prior to what eventually happened, it took certain people.

“What happened showed us that, even where we thought the signs of good governance and good conduct prevails sometimes anything can happen,” he added.

The CEO criticised the Clerk of Parliament Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah for losing control of affairs in the House.

“You saw the Clerk completely lost control, I mean I didn’t know what he was doing in the Chamber,” Franklin Cudjoe stated.

Meanwhile, the NDC and Asiedu Nketia are calling for an immediate and thorough investigation into the conduct of the Clerk of Parliament, Mr Oteng Nsiah.

They are accusing the Clerk for being involved in a ‘calculated ploy’ to disenfranchise the MP-elect of Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson from partaking in the voting exercise that sought to elect the Speaker for the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.

The NDC General Secretary said the Clerk had to explain “how an order of injunction that was allegedly dispatched from Cape Coast at 4:44 PM could be served on the Clerk of Parliament at 4:55 PM.”

According to the party, “an NPP official actually served the Clerk with the court Order, and not a bailiff. It is the considered view of the NDC that this act of connivance by Clerk of Parliament constitute serious misconduct on the part of the occupant of the high office of the Clerk of Parliament of the Republic of Ghana and must not go unaddressed.”

Mr. Nketia further stated that the Clerk was “compelled by his own embarrassment to reverse his earlier decision when he could not provide further and better particulars of the service including the name of the bailiff who effected the service.”

Mr Cudjoe stated that Ghana’s 8th parliament is now a “real deal” and the people protecting it should be celebrated.