It has emerged that a Supreme Court judge had offered bribe to an NDC female parliamentarian influence her to vote for Professor Mike Ocquaye to be retained as the speaker of parliament.
Former minority chief whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka made the revelation on the “probe” a weekly programme on Joy News barely 72 hours after the spectacular show in the chamber of parliament on December 6, 2020 leading to the election of Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin as the speaker for the eighth parliament of the fourth republic.
According to Muntaka, the NDC female member of parliament disclosed to the leadership that a judge of the apex court called her with the promise that provisions have been made to cater for her children’s education all through, offer her free fuel for four years and a substantial amount of money as if she agreed vote for professor Mike Ocquaye as the speakership.
The latest disturbing revelation further deepens the public mistrust in the judiciary, thwarts the efforts at Ghana’s democratic consolidation, and ultimately raises a grave concern especially when the validity of the 2020 general election is being challenged before these judges.
Hon. Muntaka therefore refuted purported claim by Osei Kyei Mensah that Bagbin was by consensus, appointed and not elected. “After the despicable attitude of the West Tema MP, Carlos Ahenkorah, Osei Kyei Mensah during a conclave requested to he withdraw Mike Ocquaye’s candidature under the pretext of the candidate willingly pulling out which we refused because that could not be done especially when voting ended and Mike Ocquaye’s ballots were counted indicating his apparent” he stated.
On the dishonourable and despicable conduct of the former Deputy Trades and Industry Minister and West Tema MP, Carlos Ahenkorah, the retained Asawase MP said Osei Kyei Mensah was complicit in the ballot papers snatching, given his engagement with the actor from where the former initially sat, relocation to his leader’s seat to the eventual act.
While commended Afenyo Markins, Annor Dompreh, vociferous Kennedy Agyapong and K.T Hammond for their calm posturing throughout the process which could make for consensus, the former Minority Chief Whip however criticised the leadership style of the outgoing majority leader. “Osei Kyei Mensah is a fine individual parliamentarian, but terrible when is comes to leadership. He keeps changing members of his side of leadership from minority to majority lacking the carry-along leadership quality, a terrible leadership sufficiency” he emphasised.
Responding to s perception that the NDC side having produced speaker of parliament is is bent on impeding parliamentary business, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka said the house will form equal committees based on the numerical capacity of both sides to engender smooth and expeditious parliamentary proceedings in the supreme interest of Ghana. He was however swift to warn prospective appointees to appear before on the president.
“We won’t compromise the wellbeing of Ghana, but anybody who comes before the vetting committee must prepare very well. The days of just passing through because of the then majority’s numerical advantage is over” Muntaka intimated.
By: Edward Graham Sebbie