Leader of National Democratic Congress(NDC) caucus in Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has indicated that the NDC Members of Parliament do not have any difficulty in sitting at the left side of the Speaker of the House.
“Let me assure the Ghanaian people that the NDC 137 MPs have no difficulty sitting to the left of the Speaker so long as our numerical strength is respected and respected in the composition of committees and in the determination of leadership of committees, whilst we continue to pursue legitimate legal and constitutional processes to procure what we deserve as a majority party, someone will say, what is on the left or what is on the right, we have no difficulty at all,” Mr. Iddrisu said at a press briefing in Parliament on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
He also stated that despite the fact that the Fomena MP Andrew Asiamah Amoako, who is an independent MP has officially written to do business with the NPP caucus in Parliament, it does not make the NPP side the majority in Parliament.
“Advisedly and wisely, he is not seeking to join a political party and therefore nobody should do an easy mathematics of a 137 plus one. I will cooperate, or I will collaborate does not mean I am joining, or I am crossing over because it has its own constitutional implications which probably will require that a by-election be conducted if he was to join a political party,” Mr. Iddrisu indicated.
Meanwhile, Fomena officially writes to Speaker to join NPP in Parliament
The independent Member of Parliament(MP) for Fomena Constituency, Hon. Andrews Asiamah Amoako has finally written to Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Bagbin to join the NPP in the 8th Parliament.
In a letter addressed to the Leader of the Speaker, the independent member of parliament (MP) said: “I shall, for purposes of transacting business associate with the NPP caucus in the Eighth Parliament”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I do hereby affirm that I shall cooperate and collaborate with the NPP caucus in the Eighth (8) Parliament”, the letter dated January 13 read.
This official document from Andrews Asiamah will help decide what caucus holds the majority in Parliament.
Recall that Hon. Asiamah’s membership of the NPP was revoked after he decided to run as an independent candidate in the just-ended general elections.
Lucky for him, he won the Fomena parliamentary seat during the December 2020 elections with 12,805 votes, defeating his main opponent from his former party, Philip Ofori-Asante, who secured 10,798 votes. His position as an independent member of parliament became even more significant after the 2020 parliamentary elections, given that neither of the two main political parties (NPP and NDC) could secure an outright majority. In a post-election interview, Amoako indicated that he had no ill-feelings towards the NPP over the termination of his party membership.
The General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, has suggested that Amoako could reapply for his NPP membership subject to specific party regulations and conditions. On 7th January, 2021, Asiamah was elected as the Second Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic. He is the only independent Member of Parliament to have been elected to that position in the history of the country.