The Right Honorable Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has insisted that 138 Members of Parliament were present on the floor of parliament when the 2022 budget was rejected unanimously last friday.
According to the Speaker, who is currently seeking medical review in the United Arab Emirates, no illegality was perpetuated as is being bandied around by the honorable majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Bagbin wrote,
“138 Honourable Members were Present!
Please let it be known that there were more than 137 MPs on the Floor when I put the question for the approval or rejection of the Economic Policy and Financial Statement of the government for the 2022 financial year often referred to as the Budget for 2022.
After the rejection of the request by the Minister of Finance to be given more time to consult the expanded leadership of Parliament, one member of the Majority Caucus came to sit on the last row of the seats on the Majority side by the side-door facing the Speaker’s lobby.
That took the number of attendants at that moment to 138. So when the question was put by me to the Plenary, the Hon. Gentleman remained silent. I am asking Ghanaians to please disregard the survival antics by the ever loquacious Leader of the Majority Group in today’s hung Parliament. The budget was lawfully rejected!”