The member of Parliament for Tema West Constituency, Carlos Ahenkorah, snatched some ballot papers yesterday during the election of a new Speaker of Parliament which caused an uproar on social media.
It all happened when the Tema West MP who was not part of those counting the ballot papers sensed the possibility of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) nominated Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, losing out to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Alban Bagbin.
Carlos Ahenkorah snatched uncounted ballot papers in the Speaker of Parliament elections and attempted to bolt with them but was swiftly apprehended by the security team.
His actions was severely condemned by Ghanaians for setting a bad example to the youth and members in his constituency.
In a statement of apology for his misconduct on the floor of Parliament, Ahenkorah explained: “I did it for the grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater NPP party as a whole because we cannot always allow the NDC to threaten and vilify us”.
“I apologise though to my family and friends, both far and near, who may be affected by my actions.The NPP in me couldn’t be controlled. I apologise but I tried!!!”
“I must say I am heartbroken and dejected. We’ve not seen the end of this yet. With this success, they [NDC] would tell us what they want and what they don’t want in parliament because the whip system has been compromised. This is so sad. I’ll die for my party any day,” he noted.