“Apologies to Akufo-Addo for your rude language” – Mame Yaa Aboagye reprimands Bagbin for his “short-sighted” statement | politics – Tips & Results

The deputy communications director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mame Yaa Aboagye, has slammed parliament speaker Alban Bagbin for using what she describes as “swear words” to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

attitude of the President

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a “deputy speaker has the right to be counted as a quorum member of Parliament” and can also “vote and take part in the decision of Parliament”, President Nana Addo expressed dissenting views on the criticism at the verdict.

He explained that “Our spokesman is expressly not a member of the assembly, so he has no voting rights. In fact, he is not even allowed to take part in the deliberations of the House. He is the arbiter who ensures that the debate is conducted properly and that the Rules of Procedure or the orders of the House are observed. That is his job.”

The President also added “That is not the case with the Deputy Speaker and this matter is transparent given our Constitution. In fact, even the presiding members of our district assemblies have voting rights. Look at the District Assembly Act, because you’re a member of the assembly, and once you’re a member of the assembly, you represent certain constituencies.”

“The Legislative Power of Parliament [that is vested] the State delegated to Parliament is governed by the provisions of the Constitution. All organs of the Ghanaian state, including myself as head of the executive branch, we are all subject to the teachings of the constitution. There is no one in the Ghanaian state who is above the basic law of the country.” he explained.

He also stressed; “If you are denied the right to vote, [it will mean] it is tantamount to denying the people you represent a say in the assembly’s decision. That won’t be true. So I couldn’t understand all the fuss and controversy that was artificially created.”

Speaker blames President

But the spokesman, in response to the President, described the court ruling as a “reckless encroachment on the powers of Parliament”.

He called the President’s remarks “short-sighted” and said: “I have resisted the temptation to comment on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the question of deputy speakers’ voting rights in the Presidency. But the President’s unfortunate and short-sighted comment compelled me to let it out. The SC decision “is not just an absurdity, to say the least, but a reckless interference with Parliament’s powers”.

“The trend towards unanimity is also worrying. It does not help to research and expand our legal jurisprudence. The President’s comment is short-sighted and unfortunate. It only serves to deepen the split between executive and parliament.” Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin further in a statement issued by him.

Mame Yaa fires back

Mame Yaa Aboagye lamented the spokesman’s response to the President, saying he (Bagbin) must know that his position carries responsibilities and one of them is to use decent language.

She rebuked the speaker and said: “You don’t use words like short-sighted, ruthless and others for the country’s first gentleman when you speak to him in your capacity as Speaker of Parliament. As a speaker, your conventions oblige you to use appropriate words. For me, Speaker Bagbin was harsh and should take back his words”.

Demanding an apology from Mr Bagbin, Mame Yaa Aboagye stressed: “He must take back his words, apologize and act honorably as a speaker. This behavior is not consistent with the sanctity of his office.”

However, the NPP’s deputy director of communications applauded the president for his insightful interpretation of the court ruling.

“You know that His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo is an excellent lawyer and knows the Constitution of Ghana so well. He made an apt comment that shows his unmatched understanding of legal issues. Any person who wants to be fair and objective should go back and listen to the President or read his commentary online and you will understand that he was absolutely right in what he said. This is the man we must all support; such an intelligent leader. NPP is indeed the right party for Ghanaians. I have no doubt will win the 2024 election,” she claimed.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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