The government cannot claim majority seats because, the letter written by Fomena member of parliament does not state he’s joining NPP, Haruna Iddrisu said.
The 2nd deputy speaker of parliament and aw maker, Andrew Asiamah Amoako on January 13th wrote to the speaker of parliament, Rt Hon. Alban Bagbin to inform his about his intention to associate with the NPP caucus in parliament.
The letter said “I Andrew Asiamah, an Independent Member of Parliament for Fomena Constituency and now the 2nd Deputy Speaker for same Parliament do hereby declare that I shall for purposes of transacting business in the House associate myself with the NPP caucus in the Eight Parliament. For the avoidance of doubt, I do herby affirm that I shall cooperate with the NPP caucus in the Eight Parliament.”
Speaking in a press conference in Parliament on Thursday, January 14th, The MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu said “We have heard that the Fomena MP, who is the only independent MP has written to the Speaker and I am quoting verbati from his text that ‘I shall, for the purposes of transacting business i the House associate with the NPP’. Get the words, he did not say ‘I am joining NPP’.”
“He is not seeking to join the political party, therefore, nobody should easy mathematics of 137 plus one. Because all the Fomena MP said was ‘I will cooperate and collaborate’ and that is different from joining,” Haruna said.
” A week ago, the clerk of the Parliament read a letter from the electoral commission. The said correspondent indicated that the NDC had 137 seats and the NPP also had 137 seats and one independent MP. Therefore, from the official correspondent of the EC, neither the NDC nor NPP has a majority pin Parliament. So ladies and gentlemen of the media, nobody should be engaged in any fruitless effort to add on what he or she does not have. This is because, by official records, the Parliament of Ghana is of one of equal strength and equal numbers,” he stressed.
He then noted that, his side of the house will not doubt sitting on the left side of the speaker where mostly, Minority sits.
He said, “Ghanaian people want Parliament to work for them and in their favour. In the interest of the Ghanaian people, our side has no difficulties sitting on the left.
He further called a fair composition of the various committees of Parliament following the number of the seats the NDC and the NPP are occupying.
“The NDC caucus will insist that the composition of committees of this 8th Parliament reflect in its very current nature because this is the first time we are having 137 – 137. “Therefore the composition of committees must reflect the character and strength of the political parties and the numbers of their elected MPs.
“The composition should reflect beyond mere numbers and cover other factors including even leadership of committees because as we have 137, 137, who chairs and who leads? we are equal. You must appreciate that Parliament is a unique distinct and separate organ of the state. We are the legislative organ and the way we do our business is a matter that reflects our strength and size.”