The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says although Speaker Bagbin has been tagged as belonging to both the majority and minority in parliament, he should remember that NDC is in his blood.
Samuel Ofosu Ampofo speaking at Mr Bagbin’s thanksgiving service held in the Upper West Region Thursday stated that the party helped nurture the Speaker from his first time as an MP to his current position.
“I believe that even though your position places you above partisanship NDC is in your DNA and we cannot disengage you from the party that has nurtured you from being an MP to the position of speaker.”
Although he is affiliated with the NDC, Mr Bagbin since he was voted as Speaker has shown he is will be able to foster good relationships with the NDC and NPP MPs to ensure the needed growth in the country.
“Mr Speaker, for the past three months you have been described by the NDC as NPP speaker, at one time the NPP has described you as NDC speaker.
“But Mr Speaker you have maintained the position that you are the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament and I believe that the various description gives credence to the fact that you will be capable of standing in the middle and steer the affairs of this parliament to a successful end.”
Mr Ampofo said that the NDC will continue to support Mr Bagbin.
He added that they are proud of the Speaker’s achievement, especially since he moved up in ranks from being a member of the first Parliament under the Fourth Republic to being Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Deputy Speaker and now a Speaker.
“We will continue to offer our prayer and support to you and pray to the almighty God that at this critical stage of our national development you will rise above partisanship and put Ghana first so that we can all address the socio-economic challenges facing our country. We will eliminate hunger poverty disease and bring prosperity to all of us.”
He added that because the 8th parliament is the “most omplicated” in the history of Ghana which requires someone with dexterity, experience and the necessary capacity to manage it.
Mr Ampofo said he has no doubt and is confident that Mr Bagbin will live up to the expectations.
Former MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Sumana Bagbin of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was been elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic on January 7.
He won a chaotic, closely contested secret ballot in the Chamber of Parliament on Thursday against former Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye.
Three months after his win, the Speaker of the 8th Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin is currently in his hometown for a gratitude tour.
He arrived in his home region, Upper West Region, on April 7, to a rousing welcome.
This is the Speaker’s first visit to his hometown after his historic election as the Speaker of Parliament on January 7, 2021.
On his arrival, Alban Sumana Bagbin paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of the Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo VI, in his Palace.
He was accompanied by a delegation of some members and staff of Parliament, including the MP for Wa Central, Dr Rashid Pelpuo, brother of the Waala.
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