Unless one side backs down and peace prevails on Friday, January 15, the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress members of parliament are bent on a showdown in the house which portends nothing but chaos over the lingering matter of which side is in the majority.
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri, and Chief Whip for the NPP caucus, Frank Annoh Dompreh has served notice he and his colleagues will on Friday use “any means legitimate” to fend off any attempts by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members to occupy the Majority seats.
He says the issue of which side of the two caucuses is in the majority is no longer debatable and that NDC members will not be allowed to take up the right side of the Speaker as they did on January 7 when MPs-elect met to be inaugurated and to elect a Speaker.
While it has been the convention in Ghana’s parliament for Majority sides to occupy seats to the right hand side of the Speaker and the Minority to the left, the NDC side which is claiming majority in spite of having 137 seats as the NPP from the 2020 general elections, took the majority side, much to the chagrin of the NPP members who had occupied the side in the immediate past administration.
The action of the NDC MPs led to a momentary stand-off, degenerating later into a near-fight when Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Eufaula, NPP MP for Ablekuma West who had insisted on occupying her ‘rightful seat’ and thus sat among the NDC members, was violently shoved off her seat.
But Annoh Dompreh, speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Monday, said come Friday, the NPP members are not going to be as docile as to be bullied again by the NDC MPs because they from the NPP, will take over the Majority side using “any means legitimate.”
Defending why he thinks the NPP is in the majority, Annoh Dompreh said given that the two sides have 137 seats apiece, and with Independent MP for Fomena, Andrew Amoako Asiamah declaring to sit with the NPP and thereby making their numbers 138, there can be no longer any debate about who is in the Majority.
Parliament regroups on Friday for the first time since rising from their rancourous investiture and election of Alban Sumana Bagbin as Speaker of the 8th Parliament.
The NPP members, according to Annoh Dompreh, expect the NDC to come to bully their way to attempt to occupy the majority seats again, however, he and his colleagues are determined it does not happen again.