North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has intimated that the current Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin is more accommodating than his predecessor, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye.
According to him, Bagbin has shown great leadership within the short time of taking office and believes he is serving as a conciliatory force in the house.
Speaking in an interview with Citi TV, Mr Okudzeto Abalakwa said
“It’s quite early to judge, but Speaker Bagbin has so far shown very good signs. We do know that he is the most experienced speaker in terms of knowledge of the house. He has been in the house as a founding member of Parliament of the 8th Parliament. He knows the entire rudiments and spectrum.”
“He is well-versed with proceedings and technicalities, the role that Parliament should play. And I will say that he has been more accommodating.”
He also added that former Speaker Oquaye was partisan and biased.
“Professor Mike Ocquaye is my own Sunday school teacher, lecturer at the University of Ghana, and a proud ‘odade3’, and he knows that I hold him in high regard. But because of that teacher role that he has played over the years, he tended to be a bit too bossy and quite autocratic sometimes.”
“He did not really allow the debate in the house to flow. He came across sometimes as too partisan.”
“And indeed, we had cause to go public on some of his rulings. But that is not to take anything away from him as a fine man and a mentor. But if you juxtapose his tenure, in the 7th Parliament with that of Speaker Bagbin, you will realise that Speaker Bagbin has been more accommodating of both sides of the house.”
“There are times that he has been torn between allowing motions that have been filed to just go as it is, but he has pushed for a more consensual approach. I remember that with Mahama Ayariga’s motion on school fees, he encouraged the other side to make inputs and let it be a consensual motion.”