Stop undermining Alban Bagbin’s authority – Minority barks at Majority

The Minority in Parliament has taken a swipe at their colleagues on the majority side for a statement they issued on the alleged arrest of Francis Xavier Sosu, Member of Parliament for Madina.

MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu,

According to the Minority, there are attempts by the Majority to undermine the leader of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

In a statement issued by its leader, Haruna Iddrisu, he said the Majority’s statement shows an attempt to undermine the authority of the Speaker.

“The Minority Leadership notes with great consternation and disappointment the Press Statement by the Majority Leadership. The Minority Leadership considers the Press Statement as an attempt to undermine the Authority of the Rt. Hon Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin and weaken the Institution of Parliament. We are a country governed by law, and we the Minority will always uphold the cardinal principles of natural justice guaranteed under the Constitution. We will continue to uphold and respect those democratic values and ethos.”

“The police attempted to arrest him on Sunday 31st October 2021 while he was worshiping in church. This was in spite of the fact that the police wrote to the Speaker on 27th October, 2021 and the Speaker replied and reiterated the fact that there is a procedure that is to be followed with respect to inviting a Member of Parliament to assist in investigations and until that procedure is followed , he as Speaker would not entertain their request. Criminal summons was subsequently issued against the MP with charges to appear before the court on 8th November 2021”

“The Majority Leadership is being mischievous and disingenuous by ignoring the fact that the Police refused to comply with the established protocols of dealing with matters affecting MPs by not, first of all, contacting the Speaker who would have then made the necessary arrangements for them to meet with the affected MP.”

The Majority, in a statement, had said the refusal of the Speaker to release the legislator to assist with investigations into alleged offenses is of extreme concern.

It said the Speaker’s handling of the case, which is troubling, was a shift away from what his predecessors had done in similar cases in the past.

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