Under the circumstances, Alban Bagbin is the best person from the NDC to be Speaker under an Akufo-Addo presidency.
Yes, he is true green NDC – through and through. But, if the nation must have a Speaker from the Opposition who can be expected not to unduly frustrate the work of Government, then Bagbin is he.
He has maturity. He has experience. He does not dislike Akufo-Addo. In fact, the two have always enjoyed mutual respect for each other. He had just retired from “active” politics even though he owes his nomination to his Party.
I do not expect Mr Speaker to go against the national interest in order to satisfy, say, a JM agenda. And, he can be his own man. I am inclined to believe him when he says he will serve the nation with honesty.
Serving the nation also means helping the party elected to implement the manifesto platform upon which it campaigned and got given the mandate of the people.
The NPP remains the Majority in Parliament to drive the agenda of the Executive and requires the full, professional cooperation of the Speaker.
For now, the jury is still out. But, it cannot be as gloomy as some may fear. I hope it will all be good for Ghana. For, that is the ultimate interest.