General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has described Professor Mike Ocquaye as the worse Speaker under the forth Republic.
According to him, Professor Mike Ocquaye is bias towards the minority MPs, especially the Minority Leader and has failed to shed his political cloak in the handling of the affairs of the House.
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“Mike Ocquaye is really showing his political colours even in parliament and it has affected the minority in Parliament. His handling of issues and his bias has made him the worse Speaker in the fourth Republic. He is the worse I’ve ever seen as compared to others”, he said on Accra-based Neat FM.
Listen to Asiedu Nketia

This is not the first time such an accusation has been leveled against the Speaker by the opposition NDC.
Mr Asiedu Nketia’s comment comes after Dr. Ayine who sued the State and Martin Amidu over his suitability for the Special Prosecutor job was rebuked by the Speaker Mike Oquaye on Tuesday, February 20, during the proceedings to adopt the recommendation of the Appointment Committee to approve the nomination of Mr. Amidu.
The Speaker rebuked Dr. Ayine for not getting his briefs right before attempting to address the House.
“…so that you can really produce your authority in the manner that will be required by the Supreme Court. And, this is a duty that any serious lawyer will tell you should be done,” admonished the Speaker.
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In his reaction, however, the NDC General Secretary said he found the Speaker’s intervention unfair and an insult.
Mr Nketia believes Prof Mike Oquaye is practicing dictatorship in Parliament regardless of the insights he possesses as a prominent lecturer of law in the country.
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Likening Prof Mike Oqauye to the late former Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey, Asiedu Nketia said that the difference between them was the fact that the former Speaker of Parliament, Mr Adjetey, learned to respect the views of the minority.
“The Speaker is a lawyer but has failed to put into practice what he teaches. He should go and read the notes he taught his law students; he needs to be fair to the minority and allow democracy to prevail”, he urged.
 
 




2 COMMENTS

  1. That is a big lie, asiedu nketiah. Mike has proven to be the most liberal of all the speakers Ghana has had in this fourth republic. Indeed where he ought to reject requests by the minority on defective presentations of issues, he has compromised for them to be rectified even on the floor of parliament for representation at a later date. This accomodative and behavoural attitude of the present speaker puts him miles above his immediate predecessor who did not entertain any of the then npp minority requests for investigations. It is true that a pig would never swim in a clean water and that’s the attitude ‘general mosquito’ is exhibiting.