The General Secretary for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has disclosed that the President and his Vice made frank effort to persuade Members of Parliament to endorse the party’s choice of Speakership, Prof. Mike Oquaye, when they sensed some internal issues could work against them.
According to him, despite an extensive meeting held with all MPs in the NPP Caucus, followed with some targeted individual meetings, there were others they feared won’t comply with the resolutions.
Mr. Boadu indicated in an interview this morning with Okay Fm that about eight (8) Members of Parliament for some personal issues with the party, were target by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to vote for Alban Bagbin.
“We had information about the fact that the NDC were trying to convince some of our MPs to vote for their candidate. In fact, about eight of them were targeted, and these were people that had issues within the party. So the President and the Vice intervened.
“They talked them out, and we expected them to support the party’s decision to get Mike Oquaye re-elected. Some of them had genuine issues and we empathize with them as well. But its strange some were bent on acting against the agenda,” he said.
Mr. Boadu admitted the party would have to work at strengthening his internal affairs especially when parliament is almost at a tie, in terms of its composition.
He however expressed optimism the party will maintain its majority caucus to keep some balance against the Speaker who is aligned to the National Democratic Congress.
Asked if he had any regrets the NPP lost the Speakership, Mr. Boadu smartly replied that the party trust in the fair judgement of the Alban Bagbin.
He however noted that though the Speaker’s election was done in somewhat illegal means, they had compromised to ensure the work of the government continues uninterrupted.
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