The Member of Parliament for the New Juaben South Constituency in the Eastern Region, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, has sparked huge anger among many Ghanaians with his bragging that without him in Parliament, Ghana’s Parliament cannot function as it should and will totally collapse.
The MP, who is the chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament, was caught on tape addressing New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters after filing his nomination to contest in the party’s primaries scheduled for April 25, 2020, saying “If I am not in Parliament, Parliament will collapse. Since Ghana’s multiparty democracy in the 4th Republic, Koforidua has not had any MP of my calibre,’’ he told the NPP supporters as they cheered him on.
But the position of the MP has caused a serious mess for him, as some NPP persons in Koforidua are upset with the utterance which they deem as childish.
Koforidua since 1992 can boast of MPs, like Yaw Barimah, who was also a minister and Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, who held different ministerial positions during the J.A. Kufuor administration.
The Eastern Region executives of the NPP are not happy with the manner the MP has denigrated former MPs from Koforidua.
Sources within the Easter Region NPP told The Inquisitor at press time that they had taken delivery of the audio, listened to the contents, and they would meet over it in the coming days, because they feel that the contents are distasteful.
The sources told The Inquisitor that the regional executives take a strong exception to such utterances because they undermine the integrity of persons who built a strong NPP in the Eastern Region for Dr. Assibey-Yeboah to be part of.
The same MP, in time past, sparked furore when he said on a radio station that Koforidua, which is the capital of the Eastern Region, does not need an overpass.
At the time, he was faulting the Budget Statement the Finance Minister had presented to Parliament and mentioned the construction of an overpass at Koforidua in it.
The Inquisitor is reliably informed that some NPP MPs have vowed to pursue the latest effusions of the chairman of the Finance Committee because they do not see why he should make those statements.
The NPP MPs feel that their colleague went to the extreme with his agenda to woo delegates to vote for him, come April 25, 2020.
Per what the Inquisitor has, the leadership of Parliament would be officially informed about what the New Juaben South MP had said.
So far, Dr. Assibey-Yeboah had not said anything about the offensive audio since it became public.