Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Some angry supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress NDC have described the statement by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Wusu (Joewise) that he is not a Speaker as “unwise”.

Reacting to the comment on on social media platforms, the NDC this statement is an indication that he, Joe Wise has no power to overturn what the Speaker, Alban Sumana Bagbin does.

“Wooow, what an unwise Wise!”, NDC Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor  wrote.

During deliberations in the House on Wednesday December, Joe Wise stated that a Deputy Speaker could not be described as a Speaker hence, arguments being against the number of MPs in the chamber as of the time of the approval of the budget could not hold.

“I am a member of Parliament, the Second Deputy Speaker is a Member of Parliament. Our work is to assist the Speaker. Any attempt to read and interpret the constitution to include Deputy Speakers is a misreading of the constitution. When the Speaker is not around either of us can preside so like any other member. That member does not lose his right of being a member of the House”, he declared.

3news.com reported that the Minority in Parliament were seeking to overturn the approval of the budget by the House on Tuesday November 30, without them.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in moving a motion to overturn the approval said 137 lawmakers of the Majority could not have taken a decision.

He said they don’t consider Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Wusu (Joewise) who deliberated over proceedings yesterday, as Member of Parliament at the time he was sitting in as speaker hence, that leaves the number present at 137.

It is recalled that immediately after the approval of the budget on Tuesday, Haruna Iddrisu said that the Majority did not have the numbers to enable them approve the 2022 budget statement.

He said at a press conference in Parliament that as of the time the Majority were taking the decision to approve the budget, they were 137 and not 138.

“The precedent they are setting will haunt them in the future. At the time that they were taking the decision the house was not 137.”

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