The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Chief Whip in Parliament, Hon. Frank Annoh Dompreh has in a shocking revelation stated that his side failed to restrict ‘injuncted’ Member of Parliament of the Assin North constituency, Hon. James Gyakye Quayson to cast his vote in the Parliament House election of Speaker last Thursday because the lives of his party members were threatened, tellghana.net reports.
In his narrating of the ordeal that characterized the election of the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Alban Sumana Bagbin as Speaker of the 8th Parliament on Accra-based Asempa Fm’s ‘Ekosiisen program’ monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) explained that the NDC MPs threatened to spill blood in the house if they were not allowed to have their way despite an earlier pronouncement made by the Clerk, Mr. Cyrill Nsiah baring the Assin North MP from partaking in the proceedings of the house.
He however cautioned that his colleagues will not exhibit such softness in the days ahead especially on Friday when the house resumes its sitting as the NDC has no monopoly over violence.
“They threatened to spill blood in the house at the clerk’s chamber when we went there. OB I can’t lie here. I cross-checked my facts before coming here. I was personally hit in my stomach with a heavy blow in the midst of the chaos. The cameras couldn’t capture some of the scenes so you couldn’t witness the height of violence that was perpetrated on us but since we had to swear in the President later, we gloss over some of these things but I can tell you that on Friday when we resume, we in the majority will this time claim our rightful position in the sitting arrangement and we expect the speaker to do the right thing.
And in the following weeks, we expect the court proceedings to vindicate us.
There’s a simple arithmetic that the speaker cannot influence. If they come to misbehave on Friday, we will equally show them they don’t have monopoly over misbehavior. We will claim our rightful place through any means legitimate on Friday. That I can assure you.” He told host, OB.
Clerk of Parliament, Cyrill Nsiah gave the Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson the go-ahead to participate in the election of Speaker for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
This was despite his confirmation of receiving a writ of an injunction granted against the then, Assin North MP-elect by a Cape Coast High Court preventing him from participating in the proceedings of the house as the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, said Mr. Quayson was restrained from holding himself out as Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North constituency within the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana and further presenting himself to be sworn in as Member of Parliament-elect as such until the final determination of the petition challenging his citizenship status.
The Clerk had earlier said he was unable to recognise Mr Gyakye Quayson as a member of the House till such a time when the Cape Coast High Court has granted him the green light to assume his seat in the office.
However, the Clerk after several intimidation and threat of losing his jobs by some unidentified MPs in the house permitted the Assin North MP to participate in the elections with a caution that he would bear the consequences of his actions in court.
A petition was filed against the MP by one Michael Ankomah that he still held on to his Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.