General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has revealed that the NPP suggested that the independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Fomena be nominated as Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament following the controversial election of Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin as Speaker of Parliament.
Debunking allegations that the NPP National Executives should be blamed for the defeat of Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye, the NPP’s candidate for the Speakership position, John Boadu, through his press aide, Iddi Muhayu-Deen, said that it was the NPP that negotiated for the nomination of Mr Andrew Asiamah as Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
“Not only that, John Boadu, as a key stakeholder in the matters that were before the august house, was invited to participate in the background negotiations involving the leadership of both sides during the deadlock, whereupon he played an instrumental role in getting the NDC side to agree to support the NPP’s proposal to have Hon. Joe Osei Owusu and Hon. Amoako Asiamah, elected on consensus, as First and Second Deputy Speakers respectively,” Mr Boadu noted in a statement sighted by MyNewsGh.com.
Mr Asiamah was nominated by the National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament for Asawase Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka on the floor of Parliament for the position of second deputy Speaker. His nomination was seconded by the NPP’s Alexander Afenyo-Markin and approved by Parliament.
Even though Hon. Asiamah had pledged to vote with the NPP, the NPP’s candidate Professor Mike Oquaye failed to win the Speakership position.