Former President John Dramani Mahama is surprised that President Nana Akufo-Addo is talking about consensus building in the election of Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin as Speaker of Parliament when Members of Parliament (MPs) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been charged for unlawful assembly for merely having sought to present a petition to the Electoral Commission challenging the parliamentary election in Techiman South.
John Mahama argued that there is a disconnect between what is happening and what President Akufo-Addo is preaching.
“Our Orwellian reality in Ghana compels us to accept the doctrines of newspeak, whose subdoctrines are doublespeak and doublethink!
Otherwise, how else can it be said that the President was in Kumasi preaching consensus building in respect of the newly elected opposition Speaker of Parliament, and the very next morning, the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander was serving a Court process on the said Speaker, charging leadership of the NDC Parliamentary Caucus for unlawful assembly in respect of their procession/ walk to the EC to deliver a petition on Techiman South.
I “can’t think far”, Mr Mahama posted on social media.
President Akufo-Addo, in a media interview in Kumasi, allegedly said that Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin was made Speaker of Parliament through consensus building in Parliament.
Rt Hon. Bagbin, a staunch member of the NDC was recently elected Speaker of Parliament after an acrimonious process. He beat the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Prof Mike Oquaye, to clinch the coveted position as Speaker of Ghana’s Eighth Parliament.