Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have vowed to resist any move by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to lead parliament as majority in the 8th parliament of Ghana.
According to the NDC MPs, they are leading with 138 certified MPs and believed to obtain more from the upstanding constituencies to form the next Majority in Parliament.
Already, the Speaker, First Deputy Speaker and Chairmen of the various parliamentary committees have been shortlisted and the party is waiting for the 7th January inauguration to take over the Majority side of the House.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa disclosed this to press in parliament when the House resumed sitting on Monday, December 14, 2020, after the recess in November for the December 7 polls.
He however failed to give out names of persons who have been Shortlisted as Speaker, First Deputy Speaker and the Committees Chairmen.
Currently, the NDC is on the Minority side of the House of the 7TH Parliament with 106 MPs while the NPP have 169.
Mr Ablakwa said if the NPP want to forcibly take over the Majority side, then they would physically prevent those NPP candidates illegally declared as MPs by the Electoral Commission (EC) from entering parliament, stating, “We cannot run Ghana as a banana republic.”
￼Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa
Meanwhile as part of their protest against what they described as “Flawed” election results, the NDC MPs on Monday, stormed the house in black and red attire saying that they are moaning “murdered democracy.”
They claimed the EC declared a ‘flawed’ presidential election results and therefore vowed to resist any attempt to subvert the Will of the people, warning that, they will never allow President Akufo Addo to take over as president with such flawed election results which they noted has tainted the democratic credentials of Ghana among communist of nations.
Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa told Journalists the idea of the red and black explained that the action is to “mourn the demise of the country’s democracy”.
“We are mourning the state of our democracy. There are dark clouds that have covered the integrity and discredited 2020 general elections. We have an EC which keeps changing the figures. As we speak, we don’t know which figure she is working with to be gazetted and recognized by us as a house. We are also gravely upset at the militarization of our election. The use of brute force to overturn the results of constituencies that we won. We insist that we have formed the majority of the eighth parliament and we will not accept anything short of the majority of the NDC side. We believe that we won Techiman South. It belongs to us and it has been wrongly given to the NPP by the EC”, he lamented.
The NDC has questioned the credibility of the electoral results has strongly expressed its unwillingness to accept the outcome of the election following what it describes as ‘irregularities’.
Already, the flagbearer of the NDC in the 2020 polls, John Mahama has vowed that the party will do all it can to ensure that it secures majority of the country’s parliamentary seats.
He said the party has currently identified five constituencies that he says are under siege by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who are seeking to overturn the NDC’s victories there.
Addressing the Nation on his decision not to accept the Electoral Commission’s declared results of the 2020 polls, Mr. Mahama said the party is deploying a team of lawyers and party officials from Accra to support and build the capacities of the said constituencies to ensure that the party’s parliamentary victories are secured.
“We are beefing up capacities in the constituencies where the ruling NPP is seeking to overturn the parliamentary victory already chalked. We are also deploying an additional crack team of lawyers and senior party officials to supports these constituencies that are under siege,” he said.