Speaker of Parliment, Alban Bagbin has labeled President Nana Akufo-Addo as a “lame-duck President, following the election of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Speaker passed these comment as he expressed worry over the absence of most legislators of the majority caucus from the 2024 budget debate. He argued that allegiances have shifted after the election of the Vice President as flagbearer, which has led NPP MPs to neglect their responsibilities and treat President Akufo-Addo as “a lame duck” president.
“I expect the majority who have a limping majority leader, limping because when you look at his back you’re less than those in front of you. You have a lame duck president, a lame duck because you have elected a flagbearer, and loyalty and commitment are shifting. So your president is now lame duck president.”
“You need this side of the house to support you to finish your eight years,” Mr. Bagbin stated. “And so if you don’t behave well we have difficulty in proceeding as a nation…please, I expect you to cooperate; I will not allow them to bully you. You’ll get sufficient time to put across your case,” he added.