Mahama's Ford gift NDC gurus storm Parliament over Mahama's Ford gift saga

Doe Adjaho who single-handedly shot down the motion asked the Clerk of Parliament to return the motion to the Member of Parliament who filed it.

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Some executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress and some government officials stormed Parliament on Thursday for the debate of President John Dramani Mahama’s Ford gift saga.

Among them are NDC General Secretary Johsnon Asiedu Nketia, Chief of Staff Julius Debrah and Minister of Trade and Industry Ekow Spio Gabrah, Communications Minister, Edward Omane-Boamah among others.

The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho dismissed the motion filed by the minority over President Mahama's Ford gift saga.

Read more: NDC MPs will resist probe into Mahama’s ford gift

Doe Adjaho single-handedly shot down the motion asked the Clerk of Parliament to return the motion to the Member of Parliament who filed it.

Doe Adjaho cited constitutional provisions and earlier Supreme Court rulings to support his stance.

“The matter and issue here is not different in material particular from the matter under investigations by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ). Article 287 of the constitution gives the CHRAJ the power to investigate matters regarding the code of conduct for persons public officers.”

“It is also instructive to note that the Supreme Court has made a number of pronouncements regarding the exclusive jurisdiction in terms of chapter 24 of the constitution, dealing with code of conducts for public officers including the President.”

The Ford vehicle gift to the President by a Burkinabe contractor came to light following an investigative piece by Manessah Azure.

Following the reportage, a government statement indicated that the President had received the vehicle as a gift.

Following this report, the minority led by their leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu filed a motion, calling for a bi-partisan committee to probe the controversial ford gift given to the president. Already, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is investigating the matter after a petition to that effect.

See also: I have no idea why MP’s have been recalled – Minority Leader

The Minority in Parliament sought for the motion on the Ford vehicle to be moved in the House.

Majority Leader, Mr Alban Bagbin said the recall of parliament by the Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho will do no good to all stakeholders involved.

Bagbin explained on Accra-based Starr FM that the recall will lead to more financial spending which will not do Ghana any good.

More here: Dismiss allegations on Ford – Mahama responds to CHRAJ

“The recall of the members of Parliament involves the cost of publicity, the cost of notice…you also have to pay for the cost of transportation for each member from their various constituencies to Parliament and back. This recall will also involve a lot of printing work, overtime allowances for staff because it’s an emergency and this involves a lot of work just to try to recapture something that is before a constitutional commission. It is not meant to serve any good interest for this country,” he said.

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