Independent MP for Fomena constituency Andrews Asiamah Amoakoa has formally indicated his intent to side with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus within the 8th Parliament.
This follows a request made by Speaker Alban Bagbin during a meeting with the Fomena MP and leaders of the NDC and NPP caucuses; Haruna Iddrisu and Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu respectively on January 12.
In a letter addressed to the Speaker, the MP said: “I shall, for purposes of transacting business associate with the NPP caucus in the Eighth Parliament”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I do hereby affirm that I shall cooperate and collaborate with the NPP caucus in the Eighth Parliament”, the letter dated January 13 read.
This official document from Andrews Asiamah will help decide what caucus holds the majority in Parliament.
Mr Haruna Iddrisu who spoke to Accra-based JoyNews in Parliament Tuesday stated that a consensus was not reached at the end of the meeting with the Speaker.
“No official indication has been given to us. As far as we are concerned, we have 137 for the NDC, 137 for the NPP.
“We expect that there will be some further communication that will trigger further discussion,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Speaker is expected to hold a follow-up meeting tomorrow Thursday with leaders of the two caucuses and the Fomena MP to resolve pending matters before the House resumes sitting Friday, January 15.
Before current events, Andrews Asiamah Amoako had revealed that he will join the NPP caucus in Parliament after the just-ended elections.
“The issue regarding what side I join has been discussed already. I have said it time without number that I am a member of the NPP by blood. There is nothing that can change that,” he stated.
Source: Daily Mail GH with additional files from Myjoyonline.com