- Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says Professor Mike Oquaye exhibited autocratic tendencies as Speaker of Parliament
- Professor Oquaye was the Speaker of the seventh Parliament
- He was defeated by the current Speaker in his bid to continue as the Speaker of the eighth Parliament
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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has described Professor Mike Oquaye as “autocratic” during his reign as the Speaker of Parliament.
Professor Oquaye served as the Speaker of Ghana’s 7th Parliament. He was defeated by Alban Bagbin in his bid to continue as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament.
He managed 136 of the valid votes cast to Bagbin’s 138 votes after a chaotic voting exercise in the chamber of Parliament on January 6, 2021.
“…He [Mike Oquaye] tended to be a bit too bossy and quite autocratic sometimes,” Ablakwa stated when he appeared on Citi TV’s Face to Face show.
“He did not really allow the debate in the house to flow. He came across sometimes as too partisan.”
On the other hand, the North Tongu lawmaker observed that Bagbin has been more accommodating and relates extremely well with both sides of the house.
Despite admitting that it is quite early to compare the tenure of the two Speakers, he said “Speaker Bagbin has so far shown very good signs.”
“And I will say that he has been more accommodating,” he added.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, one of the conveners of the #FixTheCountry says no one can stop them from demonstrating following the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“There's no ban on us and nothing banning us from going ahead with the demonstration,” Barker-Vormawor stated on Morning Starr on Starr103.5FM and monitored by YEN.com.gh.
His comments come on the back of a warning by the Ghana Police Service to the public not to participate in any call for demonstration by the #FixTheCountry movement.
According to the police, in a statement released on Tuesday and seen by YEN.com.gh, the planned protest is not in compliance with the provisions of the Public Order Act.
It will be recalled conveners of the social media protest dubbed #FixTheCountry were set to hit the street on May 9, 2021, YEN.com.gh earlier reported.
They wrote to the police to notify them of their intention to storm the streets of the capital in demand of an end to the excruciating hardships in the country.
The police, however, secured an ex parte injunction against the massive demonstration.
The campaigners filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to set aside the order of the High Court.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday, 8 June 2021, paves the way for the organisers to go ahead with the demonstration.