BY: Mary Quartey
Responding to the NDC Caucus statement of them(NPP caucus) not being the majority despite the declaration of the fomena MP
Leader for the NPP caucus,Hon Osei kyei-Mensah-Bonsu addressing the press on Thursday 14, January,2021, insisted that indeed the fomena MP’s declaration makes them the majority going into the 8th parliament.
According to him, the Speaker of Parliament in a meeting urged the Fomena MP to formally declare his affiliation and his decision will determine which side will be the majority.
“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,” Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu narrated.
The Suame MP further stressed that, “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”
He however noted that the 2nd Deputy Speaker;Hon Andrew Asiamah Amoah’s declaration does not in any way mean he has become an NPP member which will require that he is axed from Parliament and a by-election held in his constituency
To this effect, the Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin is expected to read the Fomena MP’s declaration in the plenary when Parliament reconvenes on Friday, January 15, 2021, and that will bring to finality the concerns about which side can be said to be the majority side.