The 8th Parliament resume sitting today after the dissolution of the 7th Parliament and the election of new speaker Alban Bagbin on January 7, 2021.
The resumption of parliamentary sitting today saw some NPP Parliamentarians storming the August House as early as 3am to occupy the majority seats according to reports.
Alexander Afenyo-Markin MP for Effutu and Deputy Majority Leader, Frank Annor-Dompreh MP for Nsawam/Adoagyiri and Majority Chief Whip, Ursula Owusu Ekuful MP for Ablekuma West, Sheila Bartels MP Ablekuma North Constituency, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah MP for Tema West are among other members spotted at the House at the wee hours.
This comes after the NDC MPs took over the majority seats during the inauguration of the 8th Parliament on January 7, 2021.
Who takes over the majority seat in Parliament has become a tug of war between the Parliamentarians of the two biggest political parties in Ghana with attempts to settle the scuffle all becoming fruitless.
Meanwhile, the leader of the NDC caucus in Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has made it clear that his outfit won’t have any difficulty occupying the minority seats only if there numerical strength would be respected in composition of committees and committee leadership.
“Let me assure the Ghanaian people that the NDC 137 MPs have no difficulty sitting to the left of the Speaker so long as our numerical strength is respected and respected in the composition of committees and in the determination of leadership of committees, whilst we continue to pursue legitimate legal and constitutional processes to procure what we deserve as a majority party, someone will say, what is on the left or what is on the right, we have no difficulty at all,” Mr Iddrisu said at a press briefing in Parliament on Thursday afternoon [Jan 14, 2021].
“But we think that given what we’ve shared with you, guided by apt constitutional provisions, and evidenced by the fact that the Fomena MP is not joining the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and cannot join the New Patriotic Party by the constitutional framework…” Mr Iddrisu added.