Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin and Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu have once again faced off in Parliament, however, this time, over the appointment of General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia onto the Parliamentary Service Board.
Clothed with the powers to appoint some persons onto the board, Bagbin insisted that Mr Nketia’s appointment will not be an intrusion into the affairs of Parliament.
“But I want to note that the former Parliamentary Service Board had Honourable Hackman Owusu-Agyeman as a member of the board and Hackman Owusu Agyeman later became the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“That one was not [an] intrusion into the governance of Parliament by a political party. What is good for the gander is also good for the goose. Honourable members the board will be constituted and we will start our work,” he said.
Although disagreeing with the ruling, the Majority leader noted that he’ll not challenge Bagbin.
“The reason is if I should challenge every ruling, and maybe there is a debate on it and Mr Speaker’s ruling is brought down, I have succeeded in doing it, inflicting a mortal wound on the chair and that will bring the repute of this House down.
“I will never do that because it is for us to protect the Speakership and I will ever do that. So, I refuse any bait to challenge the ruling of the Speaker,” he said.