The Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has replied the First Deputy Speaker, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu on his refusal to admit a motion he filed on December 7, 2021 to quash the approval of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
As reported earlier by InsiderGH.com, the First Deputy Speaker, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu, rejected the Minority Leader’s Motion about a ruling he [First Deputy Speaker] made on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
In a new letter from the office of the Minority Leader dated December 13, 2021, Hon. Haruna has informed the First Deputy Speaker of his side’s disagreement with the First Deputy Speaker’s position on the motion and their firm resolve to pursue the motion with Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin.
According to him, the First Deputy Speaker’s reliance on Standing Order 13(2) as the basis for refusing to admit the motion before him clearly amounts to an abuse of discretionary powers contrary to Article 296 of the 1992 Constitution.
According to the Minority Leader, the Standing Order that the First Deputy Speaker seeks refuge in merely gives him the authority to act in the absence of Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin.
The First Deputy Speaker, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu as required by the 1992 Constitution has been acting in place of the Speaker for some days now due to the Speaker’s trip to Dubai for a routine Medical checkup.
Meanwhile, reports in the local media suggests that the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has returned and will soon assume his full duties as the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament.
Below is the full letter;