A couple of weeks ago, the National Communications Director of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi accused the Speaker of Parliament and leadership of the NDC caucus in the House of betraying the party after the House voted to approve all the vetted nominees for ministerial positions.
The party had directed its members to vote against some of the nominees especially those with security portfolios.
But in reply, Hon. S.K. Bagbin said, “Because I say I belong or came from a party, does he [Sammy Gyamfi] think I’m at the beck and call of the party?” he asked.
“Now, I don’t belong to any party. I’m Speaker of Ghana. I’m not a Speaker of NPP. I’m not a Speaker of NDC. I’m Speaker of Ghana. And I must hold the balance. So, decision-taking; no. My duty is to ensure that there’s an even playing field and the decision is taken and I announce it. That is all”, he explained his role.
“And, so, if you sit down and look at me and think that maybe you were my girlfriend before [and, therefore] I should give you an advantage over another who I’ve never met, please, then don’t come to me; you won’t get it. Let’s finish; after work, we can do that business together. Not when I’m working. That’s my nature; that’s how I’ve been up to this time and, so, it’s unfortunate that these things are happening.”