He said some NPP MPs held grudges against the former Speaker and thought he was not best suited for the position
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has explained circumstances that may have led to the defeat of Prof. Mike Ocquaye in the Speaker elections to Alban Bagbin.
According the majority leader, the former Speaker, Prof Ocquaye, had alienated some members of the NPP in the house. This he suggested, led to the disgruntled MPs planning a ‘coup d’etat’ against Prof Ocquaye.
“Someone had told me that some of our people were planning a coup d’etat against the speaker Prof Mike Oquaye. For some, it was for some personal things that they said he had done against them.”
“One of them said he was to travel out and when he went to the Speaker, he cancelled it and said he would not allow him (the MP) to go. I didn’t think it was such an issue as to maybe agitate a person whether not to vote for the speaker-ship or whoever had been nominated.” he remarked, speaking on The Probe on Joy.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said that others had said that Prof Oquaye was getting to the “twilight of his life” where physical weakness had set in thus he should not be maintained as Speaker.
Others, he said, claimed that the President nominated somebody from the legal Bench to be Speaker, adding that “some were saying that more or less an assurance had been given him that he was going to be put up as a Speaker if we won.”