The Speaker Of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has thrown out, a motion filed by The NPP Minority, praying The House to constitute a Special Parliamentary Committee, to probe The President, over Ford the Expedition gift.
The recall, of The House from recess, was occasioned by the NPP MPs, by invoking Article 112(3) of the 1992 Constitution, and Order 38(1), of the Standing Orders of Parliament. Ealier, the Majority Caucus in Parliament, led by The MP for Nadowli/Kaleo Alban S. K. Bagbin, at a news conference vowed to mount a strong defence, for The President, John Dramani Mahama, should The Speaker allow the Motion to go through.
But after about 15 minutes of his reading the ruling, The Speaker, who has singular prerogative to interpret the Standing Orders and other relevant laws within his purview, has thrown out the motion.
According to The Speaker, The Motion, as submitted by Minority Leader violated Standing Orders of Parliament; he therefore, rejected the NPP’s motion accordingly.
The Speaker in his ruling acknowledged that, The Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice, has jurisdiction to investigate case of abuse of office by public officer and such related matters, including those raised in The Motion. CHRAJ is currently investigating the matter, hence no need for Parliament to institute any for of investigation for now.
Soon after, the Minority led by Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, had a news conference to water down the judgement. The Minority leader, questioned the discretionary powers of the Speaker, to determine which constitutional body qualifies to investigative an issue of alleged corruption, in relation to their motion.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Francis Edzorna Mensah