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Leader of the New Patriotic Party Caucus in Parliament, Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has said that by virtue of the declaration of the Fomena MP to join them in doing business in the House makes them the Majority.
The Independent Fomena Member of Parliament, Andrew Amoako Asiamah has formally written to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin stating to do business with the NPP caucus.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, January 14, 2021, the Member of Parliament for Suame said the Speaker will bring finality to concerns as to who becomes the Majority in the 8th Parliament by reading the Fomena MP’s declaration in the plenary when Parliament reconvenes on Friday.
“When we met the Speaker three days ago, he determined for us that where the Fomena MP decides to pitch camp will determine where the pendulum will swing. Fortunately, the Fomena MP was with us so he [Bagbin] said a lot will depend on you [Fomena MP], I will encourage you to come with a declaration and I [Bagbin] will announce the declaration in the plenary and that will put a stop to this and going forward we will be known which side will constitute the majority caucus,” he said.
“He [Fomena MP] has made a declaration, I am only hoping that between today and tomorrow, he doesn’t change his mind and make a U-turn. If he doesn’t and the Speaker makes that open declaration in the plenary, then the decision would have been made, and it will determine where the pendulum will swing… The fact that adding one to the 137 will put the NPP caucus in the majority, having the majority seats in Parliament, therefore, qualifying to be described as majority caucus and therefore with the leader as the majority leader comes without any equivocation” Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu added.
He also noted that Andrew Asiamah Amoah’s declaration does not mean he has become an NPP member which will require that he is axed from Parliament and a by-election held in his constituency.
Currently, Ghana has a hung parliament with both sides of the house having 137 seats with an independent seat separating them.
However, the leader of the National Democratic Congress Caucus, Haruna Iddrisu at an earlier presser said the NPP cannot hold itself to be the majority side by virtue of the declaration made by the Fomena MP.
Source: Ghana Waves