The National Democratic Congress, NDC, Member of Parliament for Tamale North constituency, Alhassan Suhuyini, says the first deputy speaker's, decision to sack him from the House on Wednesday, February 6 2019, was out of intolerance and not because he breached any parliamentary procedure.
Alhassan Suhuyini was sacked by the first deputy speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu who sat in for Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, for disrupting proceedings.
Mr Suhuyini is said to have been disruptive when the 2nd Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu, directed the Minority to apologise for calling MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan, a “bloody widow.”
According to Alhassan Suhuyini, his action did not warrant dismissal from the chamber.
In an interview with citinews monitored by PrimeNewsGhana, he said: “I still can’t fathom why the Speaker was that intolerant of whatever he considered unruly behaviour. I think that he heard whatever I said, he found it to be true and he was uncomfortable with it.”
While indicating that he does not regret his reaction, Suhuyini challenged the acting Speakers’ decision saying it was not needed.
“All my life, I have tried with everything I can gather to stand up against what I consider unfair and I don’t mind paying the ultimate price. Asking me to walk out of Parliament for a day, for me, is like a pat on my shoulder for saying what I believe in. If I was unruly then the whole house was unruly.”Alhassan Suhuyini, however, said he bears no grudge against the Deputy Speaker although it appears Mr. Osei Owusu can’t stand him.