“I rejected offer to vie for Speaker position” – Haruna Iddrisu


Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has revealed that prior to Alban Bagbin being elected as Speaker of the 8th Parliament, he was pushed to vie for the proposition by the Minority Caucus.

“A group of NDC MPs led by Mahama Ayariga, some of our colleagues and my able whip the Muntaka Mubarak had come to my office to lure me and to encourage me to run for the position of Speaker,” he said.

Iddrisu added, “I knew in my heart God will have favour on someone amongst us therefore in a subsequent meeting of the Minority caucus, I had questioned the honourable Ayariga and my colleagues that I was not too sure whether they had the mandate or my authority to proceed further with their good intentions.

Then in a meeting with the NDC’s highest leadership somewhere in the offices of former President Mahama, I said to the group that my candidate for speaker was amongst us and pointed to honourable Alban Bagbin and the honourable Asiedu Nketia; before [I] could land the honourable Asiedu Nketia held the hand of honourable Bagbin strongly and said it should be the honourable Bagbin.

He made this intriguing revelation at a thanksgiving event held in honour of Alban Bagbin in the Waala Traditional Area of the Upper West Region.

The victory attained by Alban Bagbin according to Harina Iddrisu is the doing of the Lord.

“Little did I know that God fate and God’s glory was vested in him [Alban Bagbin] we then conspired led then by the whip to come and work and see what God grace will be and to his glory and grace we have the 7th Speaker of the 8th Parliament, not just the ordinary but the most experienced among our group, the most qualified among our group in whom we trust that he will be fair and firm as Speaker of Ghana and not just any political group in Ghana.”