MPs from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) attempted to manhandle the First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Wusu, who presided in the absence of the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, in Parliament yesterday.
His offence was that he denied the NDC Minority Caucus’ request to rescind the adoption of the Government’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.
The Majority NPP’s acceptance on Tuesday negated the opposition NDC’s stated rejection of the same budget last Friday, as overseen by Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, who is a card-carrying member of that political grouping.
The heinous actions they enacted in the House yesterday were reminiscent of what occurred on January 7th, when a new Speaker and a new Parliament were sworn in.
The Speaker vetoed the NDC’s attempt to have the House overturn its vote to approve the 2022 budget on Tuesday, bringing the situation to a head.
As a result of the First Deputy Speaker’s decision, law and order was completely disrupted as members of the Minority protested.
Minutes after deciding against the Minority on an appeal for a recession of the 2022 budget approval, officers of parliamentary security led by the Marshal raced to stop an unwarranted attack on the First Deputy Speaker by certain NDC MPs.
In an attempt to reach the First Deputy Speaker, dozens of NDC MPs were seen pushing and assaulting parliamentary security officers.
Ernest Henry Norgbey (Ashaiman), Sam Nettey George (Ningo-Prampram), Murtala Muhammed Ibrahim (Tamale Central), Yusif Issaka Jajah (Ayawaso North), Emmanuel Abambire Bawa (Bongo), and Bashir A. Fusieni Alhassan (Sagnarigu) were among the leaders seen in the footage.
After Mr. Osei-Wusu had been hurried out of the chamber, they were able to toss the Speaker’s Chair on the floor.