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Bad Politics! The Suyihini Factor

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For the umpteenth time we feel compelled to bring to the fore some reported actions of Alhaji Alhassan Suyihini Sayibu, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale North Constituency, whose image, in our view, could be sinking faster than anyone can imagine.

Within his first term in Parliament, the legislator seems to be entangling himself in just too many controversies.

From his usage of unsavory words against a female reporter on live television, through his wild corruption allegations against his political opponents, to his instrumental role in humiliating a widow parliamentarian, one can’t but conclude that there is a credibility problem.

The latest is a report that he forcefully attempted to push through a ‘faked/fabricated’ tweet of the Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, during a live TV discussion, just to humiliate the government.

He was not only exposed by a colleague panelist, but was further bruised when host of the show, Evans Mensah, gave him all the chance to adduce evidence to back his claim, but was found wanting.

THE NEW PUBLISHER thinks the latest behavior of the MP is adding to his tall list of negative manners, and stands the risk of denting his credibility as MP.

It is recalled that in January 2017, barely weeks after he was welcomed into Parliament, he was cited for ‘misbehaving’ towards the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei Owusu, and was compelled to openly apologize.

Later the same month, he was named among a gang that made bribery allegations against Mr. Boakye Agyarko, but failed to prove the allegation when invited by the Joe Ghartey Committee.

Again in October 2017, the MP, during a live television interview, dared a TV3 female journalist to show him her white panties.

That was when TV3’s New Day Host, Abena Tabi, pressed him to produce the original copy of the Kwesi Botchway Report, since he insisted that what was being serialized in the media was not the original document.

Many Ghanaian women felt insulted by Suhiniyi’s request to the female journalist to ‘flash’ him her undies, but there is no record that he showed any remorse.

And as if that was not enough, he was quoted as lamenting, after the 2016 elections, that Northerners didn’t love themselves because John Mahama lost eleven seats up north.

Again in 2018, the Alhaji Suhiniyi had to be ordered out of the floor of Parliament for unparliamentarily behavior, after the Majority side had demanded that the Minority should apologize to the then newly-elected Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan, whom they described as a “bloody widow”. He took the issue to a different level and tried to disrupt proceedings.

THE NEW PUBLISHER is saddened by the constant negative behavior of the MP, and finds some of his conducts highly unbecoming of a lawmaker.

We wish to call on the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party on whose ticket he entered Parliament, to assist him ‘refine’ his behavior, lest he is branded ‘A Legislator Without Shame’.

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