Accra, Aug. 29, GNA – An Executive Member of
the Tema East Constituency branch of the ruling National Democratic Congress
(NDC), Stephen Ashietey Adjei, has called on President Dramani Mahama, to
consider the New Patriotic Party(NPP) as Speaker of Parliament.
He said leveraging the experience of his arch
rival Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Speaker of Parliament, would be an
According to Mr Ashietey Adjei, popularly
called Moshake, in spite of the fierce politics between the NDC and NPP the
desire to rally all Ghanaians behind the Better Ghana Agenda would gain grounds
if Nana Akufo-Addo is brought on board in 2017 if he gets re-elected.
Speaking in an interview in Tema, he said:
“Considering his longstanding experience in law and politics, Nana Addo would
be very suitable for the Speaker of Parliament position,” he said.
He added that since the December election
would be Nana Akufo-Addo’s last attempt, such an appointment would be a
befitting tribute to his contribution to Ghana’s statecraft.
Mr Adjei therefore asked the NPP flag bearer
to consider the position if he is offered him.
“Apart from the fact that this appointment
will engender peace after President Mahama has been elected, my call is also
based on the materiality of Nana Akufo-Addo’s vast experience in law and
politics,” he said.
He said in addition to being the establisher
of arguably the biggest law firm in Ghana, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co, which
is credited with training many lawyers at the pupilage level, Nana Akufo-Addo
is also a political stalwart who is a founding member of the NPP.
Since Ghana’s return to democratic governance
in 1992, Nana Akufo-Addo has been on the frontline of politics in the country.
“I especially respect Nana Addo for his
contribution to the freedom in media practice in Ghana. “It is no secret that
his champion of the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law has been foundational to
current press freedom in Ghana,” he said.
He said the NPP flagbearer also acquitted
himself very creditably in his capacity as the Minister of various portfolios
in the erstwhile Kufuor regime as Attorney General for instance, including the
establishment of the Fast Track court system.
“I am dyed in the wool NDC, but the truth is
that our opposition leader has a lot of experience that he can offer this
country if he is offered the platform. I know he will never win the December
election but I feel it would be such a terrible waste to let him go unused
after the election.
“This is why I am pleading with President
Mahama to consider making use of his rich experience and expertise. In my
opinion, making him head of the Legislature would be very appropriate.”