Bagbin being Speaker affirms what ‘a great democracy we can build’ for Ghana – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has congratulated Mr Alban Bagbin on his election as Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

“Congratulations Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin on your election as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic”, Mr Mahama wrote on his Facebook page.

He, however, condemned the chaos that characterised the entire process, which culminated in the invasion of Parliament by armed soldiers.

“The events of last night stretching into the morning of 7th January have been both a great occasion for Ghana's democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice”, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the recently-held general polls, said.

“The attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament”.

“The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry and gives the impression that this administration is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past. Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions”.

In his view, “the election of Speaker Bagbin affirms what a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus building can make us even stronger as a nation”.

“Congratulations to the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for your dedication and commitment”.