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The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has officially declared his intention to contest the flagbearership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) when nominations are opened.
Speaking to the Punch newspaper in Parliament, the longest serving NDC MP revealed that the necessary ground works have been done to test his chances in the impending race.
He said the desire to serve the nation in a different dimension to eradicate poverty has been the motivation factor.
“It is true that I have decided to contest the party flagbearership when nominations are opened.
“I get so worried that for 25 years a Democratic country as Ghana is not making progress in poverty eradication with quality of life at its lowest ebb.
“We have not yet succeeded in building the nation called Ghana,” Bagbin noted.
Bagbin who is mostly referred to as “the Mugabe of Ghana’s Parliament” has served in several capacities including being the first Minority leader from 2001-2009.
He also served as Majority Leader under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama Administration, prior to that he served under the late President John Evans Atta Mills as Minister of Works and Housing, water resources and Minister of Health.
Hon Bagbin hinted that he has identified certain lapses that requires conditional changes to protect the government’s purse.
He said when given the nod his main priority would be to tackle poverty and corruption in the country.
According to him there is the need to streamline certain constitutional elements to enhance equitable distribution of resources in Ghana.
Source: Kwesi Coomson, Parliament