Carlos Ahenkorah gives chilling reasons why he snatched ballot papers in Parliament

There was drama in Parliament the legislator for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, snatched some ballot papers and attempted to flee from the Chamber.

Tema West MP Carlos Ahenkorah

It all happened when the Tema West MP who was not part of those counting the ballot papers sensed the possibility of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) nominated Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, losing out to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Alban Bagbin.

Carlos Ahenkorah snatched uncounted ballot papers in the Speaker of Parliament elections and attempted to bolt with them.

But the security detail inside the House attempted to stop him from getting out but he succeeded in exiting and was pursued outside.

He was also chased by Asawase MP Muntaka Mohammed who accosted him and retrieved the ballot papers.


He was, however, condemned by Ghanaians for his action in Parliament.

A financial analyst, Joe Jackson has said the MP's move is "an absolute disgrace".

But the MP said he snatched the ballot papers to ensure President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had the peace of mind to rule the country.


In a statement of apology for his misconduct on the floor of Parliament, Ahenkorah explained: "I did it for the grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater NPP party as a whole because we cannot always allow the NDC to threaten and vilify us".

"I apologise though to my family and friends, both far and near, who may be affected by my actions.

"The NPP in me couldn’t be controlled. I apologise but I tried!!!" he added.

He said he is devastated by the outcome.

"I must say I am heartbroken and dejected. We’ve not seen the end of this yet. With this success, they [NDC] would tell us what they want and what they don’t want in parliament because the whip system has been compromised. This is so sad. I'll die for my party any day," he noted.


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