“NDC bribed their way through NPP members to vote Bagbin” Hon. Kyei – Mensah reveals


Leader of the New Patriotic Party caucus in Parliament Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has finally revealed the cause of the party’s loss during the voting of the Speaker of Parliament. According to him, bribes were paid to some members of the New Patriotic Party to vote against Prof. Mike Ocquaye.

Again, he revealed that some party members had issues with Prof Mike Oquaye and had no intention of voting for him.

His win came as a shock to many because a win for the NPP’s nominee shouldn’t have been a problem considering the fact that they have the majority numbers in Parliament.

But speaking on Kumasi-based Angel FM, the Suame MP had this to say;

“I heard rumours that the NDC was trying to bribe some of our members to vote against Speaker Oquaye, so I quickly called those whose name was mentioned to speak with them; others too had some unresolved issues with him and had said they would not vote for him. I met all those members in the hotel and spoke at length with them to rescind their decision, but it practically fell on deaf ears”.

He again emphasised on the point that both candidates had the same number of votes, that is, 138 each but backend forth from the NDC in his request for a re-run made them confer the Speakership on Bagbin to avoid delay.

“It is never true that Bagbin won the votes by 138 votes; at a point, we realised that the NDC Caucus was bent on frustrating the process and thereby delaying the coronation of President Akufo-Addo, so we had to build consensus and give in to their demands to save time”.

“It would have been a disgrace for Ghana if we hadn’t allowed consensus and let the NDC Caucus have its way; a lot of the international dignitaries had to return to their countries so we could not delay the investiture of President Akufo-Addo”.