Mahama Congratulates Rt. Hon.Alban Sumani
The Presidential Candidate of the main opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has congratulated the Speaker of Parliament elect, Rt. Hon.Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin for the 8th Parliament of Ghana of the 4th Republic.
In a congratulatory message to the Speaker of Parliament Elect, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama Congratulations wished him well and pray he lives up to expectations of the house.
Describing the last night streching into the morning of 7th January as a great occasion for Ghana’s democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice.
“The election of Speaker Bagbin affirms what a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus building can make us even stronger as a nation”, he noted.
On the attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel the former President and Presidential Candidate for NDC described those scenes as images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament.
Adding that, “The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry and gives the impression that this administration is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past.
He therefore called on Parliament to conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions.
He also congratulated the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for your dedication and commitment.
Members of Parliament elect had to sit after the dissolution of the 7th Parliament in the 4th Republic for five (5) hours before agreeing to elect a Speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament in the 4th Republic in the person of Rt. Hon.Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin.