NPP MPs Turn Parliament into a "Bedroom"

NPP MPs Turn Parliament into a "Bedroom"

Ghana’s Parliament was a sight behold again on Friday, as about 70 Members of Parliament from the New Patriotic Party side reportedly stormed the chamber, as early 2 am before sitting resumed.

This action, according to some of them was to prevent the National Democratic Congress MPs from occupying the majority side of the House, as was witnessed on January 7, 2021, at the swearing-in of the 8th Parliament.

The MPs, most of them clad in white attires, were seen snoring the night away in their swivel chairs.

The two sides until now, have independently claimed to be the ones in the majority.

The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin is expected to announce decisions on who becomes the Majority or the Minority.

The MP for Kwesimintsim in the Western Region, Prince Hamid Armah in a social media post, stated how early he got into the House, explaining to what extent, he and his colleagues will go to show love to the NPP.

“Prince Hamid Armah writes: As early as 2am this morning, I joined my colleagues on the majority side of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic to take our rightful seats on the right side of Mr Speaker. For the love of the party and our country, we left our homes and came to the House eight hours ahead of schedule. We are determined to ensure that the right thing is done, even if it means forsaking the comfort of our beds to catch forty winks on our seats in the House. #forGodandCountry #fortheGoodofGhana #ReadyonDayOne”

Another MP, Sheila Bartels wrote: “It is worth noting that for today’s sitting of parliament, myself and other members of the majority arrived within the precincts of parliament, as early as 4 AM. Looking forward to a fruitful engagement on the business of the day. Good morning and have a great day!”

There was confusion and disagreement on the floor of the House last week when the NDC filed into the House early and took over the seats on the right side of the Speaker.

Currently, the NPP and NDC both have 137 seats respectively with one independent member whose choice on which side of the House to do business with, will greatly influence the decision on the majority or minority position.

Meanwhile, as of 11 am, sitting had not resumed from its original 10 am scheduled time.