A former Deputy Minister of Communications, Ato Sarpong says the Member of Parliament for the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency, Hon. Alban Bagbin will be a fine speaker of Parliament in future but not a President of Ghana.
Speaking to Kaakyire Kwesi Appea-Apraku on Dwaboase on Power 97.9 FM, the former minister observed that Hon Bagbin, a presidential candidate hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 election has the potential to be a speaker of Parliament because of his rich experience in Parliament since 1992.
“He’s excelled so, so well, but we need people like that in Parliament and how nice it will be if he is sitting in the chair as a speaker of Parliament,” Mr Sarpong said while explaining that Hon. Bagbin has no chance contesting former President Mahama ahead of the 2020 elections.
Mr Alban Bagbin
“One of my favorite Legislators [is] Alban Bagbin. He’s served this nation well…One of the longest serving parliamentary [who] speaks excellently well…In all the places he’s been, he’s been a minister several times.”
To him, when former president Mahama becomes a President, Mr Bagbin will be the best person to be the Speaker of Parliament, adding: “He’ll blend so well [as Speaker of Parliament] with H.E John Mahama.”
Ahead of the opening of nomination for the NDC flagbearer race, there have been four NDC bigwigs who have declared their intentions to lead the party into the 2020 elections, including Mr Bagbin.
The others are former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Menah; NDC Communicator Stephen Atubiga, former Trades Minister Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, and Professor Joshua Alabi have already declared their intention to contest the race.
But Mr Sarpong who believes the former president has the qualities to lead the NDC to regain power from the ruling New Patriotic Party said his former lecturer, Joshua Alabi, another vociferous contender, has “done so much well for himself” after serving as minister under the NDC but hastened that he did not see the professor can carry their party into victory.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see how he’ll be able to carry us along. I have not seen his vision, and for where we are going and the steps we are taking, I think time and seasons at the back of our mind will allow some four years to pass for us to assess him and assess him well,” Mr Sarpong revealed.