The Functioning Executive Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has established long-standing legislator Alban Bagbin as Speaker of Parliament in the 8th Parliament of Ghana.
This was announced in a statement released on Wednesday 6 January 2021 and signed by NDC Secretary General Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
Mr. Bagbin is the Second Deputy Speaker of the 7th Parliament to be dissolved.
Alban Bagbin and Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, who served as Speaker of the 7th Parliament, will fight for the role.
The NDC also maintained that Haruna Iddrisu and James Klutse Avedzi were the leader and deputy leader of the opposition party in Parliament.
Muntaka Mubarak was appointed Chief Whip, while Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyoe Ghansah were given the First Deputy Whip and Second Deputy Whip positions.
While Ghana was left with a hung Parliament after the 2020 elections, the NDC announced in its declaration signed by Asiedu Nketia that “the leadership of the party in Parliament will be revised to reflect the requirements of the 8th Parliament” following the rules of the Supreme Court on their election petition later in the year.
The NDC would be able to present only 136 Members of Parliament at the inaugural ceremony, provided that the High Court of Cape Coast had issued an injunction restraining Assin North’s elected Member of Parliament, Richard Quayson, from being sworn in to the 8th Parliament.
The injunction was granted in a lawsuit brought by Michael Ankomah-Nimfa of Assin Bereku, who says that Mr. Quayson is a dual citizen of Ghana and Canada.
Here is the full NDC statement: