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Joseph Osei Owusu To Blame For Brawl In Parliament, Not Me – Bagbin

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin is having none of it when it comes to apportioning blame to him in the chaos the ensued in Parliament during his absence and is adamant that if anyone should be blamed it should be his first deputy speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, who stepped in for him in his absence.

In an interview with the state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), the speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin asserted that the first deputy speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu should be held liable for the chaos in the chamber, citing that his decision to consider himself eligible to vote during the consideration of the e-levy is what triggered the fight.

“To be frank with you, my First Deputy Speaker was wrong in even announcing that he was going to vote, and so when the Second Deputy Speaker voted, he then called on him to come and take over so that he’d also go and vote…that’s what led to the fisticuffs,” Mr Bagbin said.

“I left Parliament after 10 pm, and I sent my closing remarks for the day, and that’s for the session through my usher to the Second Deputy Speaker that at the conclusion of the debate, ‘you will read this as my closing remarks for the session.’ And so I had given notice that I will not be available even to read my closing remarks, and I left for my house because I was so tired.”

“Now what happened on the floor, I am being said to be the cause of it; so, where are we now? This blame game would not wash; it would not. It was a low blow to me,” the former Nadowli-Kaleo MP stressed.

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