Saturday, 20th June, 2020 will forever be remembered as the darkest day in the history of Ghana’s Parliament as nine (9) key committee’s chairpersons lose their bid to retain their candidature to represent their party the New Patriotic Party (NPP) come December 7, 2020 parliamentary elections.
Fortunately all the nine committee chairpersons who lose their bid come from constituencies which are the strong hold of the NPP, who would have been MPs in waiting if they have won their party’s primaries.
The key committees are: Parliament’s Finance Committee, Parliament’s Communications Committee, Parliament’s Education Committee, Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, Parliament’s Government Assurances Committee and Parliament’s Youth and Sports Committee.
If that was not enough three Vice Chairmen of Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Parliament’s Roads Committee and Parliament’s Trade and Industry Committee also lost their bid to grab the party’s sole ticket for the 2020 parliamentary elections.
Below are the names of the MPs and the committees:
Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah –MP for New Juaben South, Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee. Mr. Fredrick Opare Ansah – Mp for Suhum, Chairman of Parliament’s Communications Committee, Mr. William Quaitoo –MP for Akim Odo, Chairman of Parliament’s Education Committee, Mr. Ben Abdallah Banda –MP for Offinso South, Chairman of Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, Mr. Collins Owusu Amankwaah –MP for Manhyia North, Chairman of Parliament’s Government Assurances Committee and Mr. Alex Agyekum –MP for Mpohor Chairman of Parliament’s Youth and Sports Committee.
The Vice Chairmen of Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Parliament’s Roads Committee and Parliament’s Trade and Industry Committee
Also, Vice Chairman of Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Mr. Abraham Dwuma Odoom –MP for Twifo Atti Morkwa, and Vice chairman of Parliament’s Roads Committee, Kofi Brako –MP for Tema Central.
As to why they all lost is anyone’s guess. But the dynamics on the floor of the House in life of the 7th parliament over the next 6 months will be interesting. Some school of thought believed it’s all bad news for the NPP majority in parliament because obviously, morale of the side of the badly hit MPs will not be the same.
The energy on the part of these chairs, vice chairs and MPs on the majority side to even show up in parliament, as well as defend government policies in the media and on the floor will hit rock bottom. And then they have to deal with an opposition that’s getting more forceful, fierce and formidable with every passing day.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH