Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December 7, 2020 Presidential election, John Dramani Mahama, has sent a congratulatory message to Ghana’s new Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, on his election and assumption of office as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
Mr. Mahama’s message was not without mention and strong condemnation of the reported invasion of the parliamentary Chamber by armed military personnel as well as the attempt to snatch ballot papers; during the election process.
The former President posted on his official facebook timeline on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Find Mr. Mahama’s message below:
Congratulations Rt. Hon. Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin on your election as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
The events of last night stretching into the morning of 7th January have been both a great occasion for Ghana’s democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice.
The election of Speaker Bagbin affirms what a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus building can make us even stronger as a nation.
The attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament. The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry and gives the impression that this administration is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past. Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions.
Congratulations to the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for your dedication and commitment.