Mr Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament canceled meeting by force after majority caucus failed to appear at the chamber.
Parliament was supposed to sit on Friday, November 26, 2021 to approve the 2022 budget, however, the Speaker of Parliament forcefully suspended the sitting due to the absence of the majority in Parliament.
According to the Speaker, Mr Alban Bagbin, the majority in Parliament did not communicate it to him, they were having a meeting during the time of Parliament sitting.
The minority caucus protested against the decision of the Speaker to suspend the meeting, but Mr Bagbin resolved to suspend the sitting.
“I have just been informed that the Majority side wants to have 30 minutes meeting of the caucus. They have alleged that I was informed, that definitely is untrue. I was informed early in the morning that both Caucuses were having meetings that I am aware of. Nobody came to inform me that they (Majority) were having a Caucus meeting so that is why I came to preside only to realise there was nobody on their side.
“So I will plead with you for us to just suspend the sitting for 30 minutes. If you will not take the plea, I have decided that we will suspend sitting for 30 minutes, and then we will now come as a House not half of the House to conclude the debate on the Government Economic Policy and Estimate for the Financial Year 2022,” the Speaker noted.
Meanwhile, NDC’s General Secretary Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia appeared in Parliament and was spotted seated at the public gallery seat.
The majority caucus who were felt intimidated by his presence asked the Speaker of Parliament to sack him but their call was rejected.
The NPP MP’s walked out of Parliament because of Asiedu Nketia’s presence and Ghanaians on social media are hailing him for saving them from paying the new introduced E-Levy tax.
Majority in parliament walks out of the chamber. They’re demanding that Johnson Asiedu Nketia leaves the public gallery of the house otherwise they will not be part of the process for the budget.
— SPORTS ON STARR (@francis_abban) November 26, 2021
Speaking after the meeting was suspended by the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Asiedu Nketia noted that he has been a member of Parliament, a citizen of Ghana and a member of the board in Parliament so he has every right to attend the meeting as part of his right as a Ghanaian.
He added that, sitting at the public gallery seat makes him a good citizen of Ghana who wants to know what the MPs are really doing for Ghanaians.
When Parliament tried to sack Asiedu Nketiah. Asiedu Nketia de asem beba oooooo pic.twitter.com/btdyGI6uSc
— Afia Pokua(realvim) (@real_vim) November 27, 2021
Twitter users had this to say about Asiedu Nketia;
Thanks Asiedu Nketia, for rejecting the E-levy
— POLONGO📯 (@POLONGO_GH) November 27, 2021
Whenever Asiedu Nketia appears in paliament Ghana wins, God bless you General. ♥️♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/UnaadV9doQ
— Gomoa Boy 😅💫 (@fanti_boi) November 26, 2021
Just the presence of Asiedu Nketia in the gallery is making the NPP uncomfortable 😂😂😂
— KING IN THE NORTH (@_Northerner1) November 26, 2021
The budget was about to be accepted by parliament
Then that is where Asiedu Nketia comes in
Akuffo Addo might be shaking by now pic.twitter.com/f3yuMboRrg
— Advans09 (@SadboysChairman) November 26, 2021