In the commotion visited on Ghana’s parliament during the dissolution of the 7th Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful of Ablekuma West was spotted seated on the lap of Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh of Juaboso raising eyebrows in the house as well as being a source of chatter online and in mainstream media.
Blakkpepper understands Hon. Ernest Henry Norgbey of the Ashaiman Constituency in the Greater Accra Region forcefully dispossessed Ursula of the seat she had possessed and having fallen, lifted herself and then also pushed an innocent Hon. Collins Dauda of the Asutifi South Constituency.
Ever the gentleman, Dauda did not attack Owusu-Ekuful in retaliation. However photos and visuals would soon show Ursula still in protest mood seated on Akandoh with him later submitting:
“When the New Patriotic Party MPs came in, they saw that we were on the right side so they went to the left but Ursula refused. Cletus Avoka was sitting down and decided to go to the washroom, by the time he came back Ursula had taken his seat. We tried to persuade her but she declined. She also left the seat and I sat on it. When she came she just sat on my lap. She didn’t say anything to me, she just sat and I didn’t say anything.”
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs had occupied seating reserved for the majority which they reckoned they have although the New Patriotic Party MPs disagreed. Ursula had insisted on sitting with the NDC MPs despite attempts by the leadership of the NPP to have her sit on the left side resulting in the curios spectacle.
In the end Alban Sumana Bagbin of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/Ghana