Put national interest first— Asiedu Nketia to Bagbin and NDC MPs
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has urged the party’s parliamentary Caucus to always remember the “hard fought victory” in the election of Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin as Speaker and work in the interest of the nation.
He said the election of the NDC Candidate as the speaker of the eight Parliament should enhance the democratic dispensation of the country.
He congratulated Mr Bagbin on his election as the Speaker and commended NDC Members of Parliament (MP) for their role in the election of the Speaker.
He encouraged Mr Bagbin and the MPs to put the national interest first at all times while discharging their duties.
Speaking at a press conference on the “Election of the Speaker of the 8th Parliament and the Fallouts” in Accra on Friday, Mr Asiedu Nketia indicated that the NDC’s hard work has created a political history in the country.
“I salute and celebrate our gallant NDC Members of Parliament for the brave fight they put up in the defence of the Constitution of Ghana and our democracy.
“By their resilience and dogged determination, they were able to produce an outcome never before seen in the political history of our country,” he said.
Mr Asiedu Nketia also lauded the NPP Parliamentarians who voted for Mr Bagbin and described them as true nationalist.
“In congratulating the NDC side of the House, I must also commend the true nationalist on the New Patriotic Party side, who put the national interest above partisan interest, which led to the glorious outcome,” he added.
Mr Asiedu Nketia said the election of the veteran legislator and perhaps Ghana’s most decorated MP, who had been an MP since 7th January 1993, was a refreshing development, which presented positive prospects for the nation’s democracy.
“We call on the Speaker to Commission an inquiry into the unfortunate event on January 7, 2021 in Parliament, particularly the invasion of the Chamber by gun wielding military men and the snatching of ballot papers by an MP and punish all those found culpable,” he stressed.
That, Mr Asiedu Nketia noted should be done in accordance with the laws of the country to forestall any such occurrence in the future.