The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has swallowed the bitter pill and congratulated NDC’s Alban Bagbin for becoming the Speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament.
Alban Bagbin polled 138 votes while Professor Mike Oquaye polled 136 in the election for Speaker of Parliament.
President Akufo-Addo posted a picture of himself in a handshake with Alban Bagbin and wrote;
“I must, at the outset, express my warm congratulations to my good friend and colleague of many years in this House, the Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, on his assumption of office as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the 4th Republic. Nearly three decades of devoted service to Parliament by you has culminated in this moment, which has seen your elevation to the third great office of state of our nation. Together, you and I will be chartering new territory in the governance and politics of the 4th Republic, for this is the first time in the life of this Republic that a President from one party will be obliged, by the exigencies of the moment and the will of the people, to work, in all sincerity and co-operation, with a Speaker of Parliament from another party. I am confident that both of us will be guided in our relationship by the supreme interest of our people in ensuring good governance in the ordering of the affairs of state. I want to assure you of my wholehearted determination to work with you to advance the peace, progress and prosperity of the Ghanaian people. Once again, many congratulations to you and the re-elected and new Members of Parliament.”