Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah (MP, Tema West)

Tema West MP, Carlos Ahenkorah has apologised for snatching ballot papers while being counted on the floor of Parliament to determine the winner of the Speaker slot on Thursday, 7 January 2020. 

In a press statement, Mr Ahenkorah explained: “I did it for the grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater NPP party as a whole because we cannot always allow the NDC to threaten and vilify us”.

“I apologise though to my family and friends, both far and near, who may be affected by my actions.”

“The NPP in me couldn’t be controlled. I apologise but I tried!!!”

Seven-time Nadowli Kaleo MP Alban Bagbin of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), eventually, emerged winner from the chaotic voting process by beating ex-Speaker Prof Mike Oquaye of the governing New Patriotic Party.

Mr Ahenkorah said he is devastated by the outcome.

“I must say I am heartbroken and dejected. We’ve not seen the end of this yet. With this success, they [NDC] would tell us what they want and what they don’t want in parliament because the whip system has been compromised. This is so sad. I’ll die for my party any day.”


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