First Deputy Speaker Expresses Disappointment Over Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s Resignation as Majority Leader

In a surprising turn of events, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, widely known as Joe Wise, has voiced deep disappointment regarding the resignation of Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu from his position as Majority Leader. Mr. Osei-Owusu, while expressing admiration for the former leader’s stewardship, conveyed a wish that Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had continued in his role until the end.

The official resignation of Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on Wednesday, February 21, as confirmed by sources within the NPP hierarchy, has sparked speculations about the circumstances surrounding his departure. Despite reports suggesting a voluntary decision, political analyst Dr. Rasheed Draman has raised questions, pondering whether the Suame MP might have been coerced into resigning. Dr. Draman expressed concerns about the implications for public service engagement and stressed the collective responsibility inherent in governing the nation.

During a press briefing in Parliament on Thursday, February 22, the First Deputy Speaker reiterated his dismay over Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s decision, stating, “I am personally disappointed that Kyei decided to stand down. He has been a fantastic leader, and he is an extremely hardworking person, and I would have wished that he stayed on to the end.”

As the political landscape reacts to this development, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is set to convene a meeting today, Friday, February 23, at the Alisa Hotel in Accra at 9 am. The purpose of the meeting is to address Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s resignation and facilitate the appointment of his successor. Many speculations point towards the current Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, assuming the prominent role.

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