It’s unconstitutional, illegal to overturn my rulings — Bagbin descends on Joe Wise

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin is not happy about how First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu overturned his rulings.

Mr. Bagbin described his attitude as offensive, unconstitutional and illegal.

The first Deputy Speaker on Tuesday dismissed a private members’ motion for a bi-partisan committee to probe into the Covid-19 expenditure since 2022.

The motion was moved by a Ranking Member of for the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson asking the House to form a bi-partisan Parliamentary Committee to be chaired by a member of the Minority Caucus to investigate expenditures made by government since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic.

However, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu kicked against the motion moved by Ato Forson.

The first Deputy Speaker also dismissed the motion adding that the demands of the motion fall directly under the ambit of the Public Accounts Committee.

Addressing the House on Wednesday, Mr. Bagbin said “the penchant of the First Deputy Speaker to overturn my ruling is, to say the least, is unconstitutional, illegal, and offensive. Be that it as it may I shall not be taking any such to overrule the decision of the First Deputy Speaker to dismiss the motion as moved by the Honorable Ranking Member of the Finance Committee”.

Mr. Bagbin told the House he will meet his deputies to ensure the development never repeats itself.

“Honorable Members it is interesting to note that this is the second time the first Deputy Speaker has taken the chair and has made a ruling which intends was to overrule a position I had earlier on established before the House,” he added.