Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, says President Akufo-Addo is now being treated as a “lame duck” after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) elected its presidential candidate.
He stated that there is a shift in allegiances after the primaries and that shift has led NPP MPs to neglect their responsibilities and treat President Akufo-Addo as a “lame duck” president.
This was after the speaker issued a warning to Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, emphasizing the need for collaboration with the Minority side to prevent legislative standstills.
He slammed the Majority Leader for failing to to ensure the presence of his members during the ongoing 2024 budget debate.
He described him as a “limping” man.
In the speaker’s view, what happened was due to the shifting allegiances within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) following the party’s presidential primaries.
He said because Dr. Bawumia won the primaries, the loyalties people had for the president are shifting and that is affecting the performance of the government and its business in parliament.
The Majority Leader was advised to prioritize cooperation with the Minority side, as without it, the legislative process would suffer.
“I expect the majority who have a limping majority leader, limping because when you look at his back you’re less than those in front of you. You have a lame duck president, a lame duck because you have elected a flagbearer and loyalty and commitment are shifting. So your president is now lame duck president
“You need this side of the house to support you to finish your eight years,” Mr. Bagbin stated. “And so if you don’t behave well we have difficulty in proceeding as a nation…please, I expect you to cooperate; I will not allow them to bully you. You’ll get sufficient time to put across your case.”