The Tema West Member of Parliament on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah has debunked the allegation of some people of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that he acted on the instruction of his leader in Parliament to snatch the ballot papers.
According to the former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, nobody should blame Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu for the decision he [Ahenkorah] made to snatch the ballot papers during the counting of the ballot papers to elect the next Speaker for the 8th Parliament.
Setting the record straight on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah explained that he only went to his leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu to do something to stop the counting of the ballot papers before it is too late for the ruling party.
“We sat down for two people in the party to vote against the interest of the party. So, I went to my leader to tell him that they have finished counting the NPP’s side and they are about to count the NDC’s and so he should do something before the counting is over because I don’t want them to finish counting”, he explained.
“…but some people are saying that he [Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu] instructed me to go and take the ballot papers. Let me state it on record that it was not my leader who told me to go and snatch the ballot papers. I take full responsibility for my action; it was not my leaders who told me to do that”, he debunked.
He stressed that Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu rather told him to wait for a while before any legal action is taken when he [Ahenkorah] told him as the leader of the ruling NPP MPs in Parliament to stop the counting using the law of the House.
“He only told me to wait for a while and I said that they will finish counting if we wait. I was wondering why we should wait for a while…I was expecting him to use the law to stop the counting but he said we should wait and I refused to wait for a while and so I went for the ballot papers with the intention that if they are not able to finish the counting, there are no numbers to stand”, he elaborated.