The opposition National Democratic Congress party in the Nadowli/Kaleo Constituency has described as dishonest and shameful the withdrawal of military personnel who were part of the security detail of the Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin. The reasons given for the withdrawal of the four military officers, according to the NDC, are lame and no right-thinking member of the society will accept it.
At a press conference addressed by the Constituency Communication Officer, Biekpe Sylvester, the NDC chided Nana Akufo-Addo and his government for instigating such an action and defending same through the Minister of National Security with reasons that contradict that of the Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces who effected the withdrawal.
The NDC Communicator, BT Sly as he is affectionately called expressed the party’s disappointment at how Hon Bagbin is being subjected to ill-treatment by government representatives and their assigns ever since he was elected Speaker of the eighth Parliament. BT Sly said the latest action “has the tendency of hindering the promotion of the concept of the separation of powers and will definitely affect democratic governance”.
While alleging that the withdrawal of the military personnel is done by the government to compromise Mr. Bagbin’s security in an attempt to “execute a sinister agenda against his life and family”, Mr. Biekpe was optimistic that the Rt. Hon Speaker’s resolve to ensure a functional democracy and the rule of law will not be affected. He assured Mr. Speaker of the party’s support and urged him not to “succumb to any pressure [from] government to deny the people of Ghana, his vision of an open transparent and accountable governance”.
BT Sly also claimed the development was borne out of hatred for the Speaker and because he is from northern Ghana. He thus called on the chiefs and people of the five regions of the North to rise against the ethnocentrism and hatred for the Rt. Hon Speaker simply because of where he hails from.
Mr. Biekpe lamented the discrimination meted out to Lawyer Bagbin and questioned why other Article 71 office holders such as the chairpersons of the Electoral Commission, judges, the Special Prosecutor, ministers and even chiefs and pastors will have military protection but the Speaker who is the third gentleman of the land cannot have same.
The press conference was held on Wednesday, January 19,2021 at Sombo, hometown of Alban Bagbin, in the Nadowli/Kaleo district of the Upper West Region.
Some residents also expressed their frustrations about the withdrawal of the military detail attached to the Speaker’s office. They wondered why such an action should be taken knowing very well that could open the life of their son to danger. They therefore urged the government to rescind the decision and restore the military detail attached to the Speaker’s office.