The Eigth Parliament of the Fourth Republic will commence on January 7, 2021 with Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye presiding, highly placed sources within the incoming governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has revealed.
Having been nominated for the position, his fate will now be determined by the lawmakers of the Eight Parliament.
But with the NPP having won 135 seats and the Formena Independent candidate willing to join the NPP in the just ended Parliamentary poll to form the Majority Caucus of the House, the Political Scientist is expected to receive overwhelming endorsement from the elephant family.
He is likely to also be endorsed by the the Minority side of the House.
He was penciled for the job alongside the equally experienced Paapa Owusu Ankomah, MP for Sekondi and a fomer Majority Leader and the Acting National Chairman of the elephant family, Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay, a former 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
The Political Science Professor entered into Parliament in 2005 and served for a period of two terms. He represented the people of Dome/Kwabenya.
He also rose through the ranks to become 2nd Deputy Speaker in the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic having served on a number of committees.
He had long cherished the position of a Speaker and so when he was elected as the Second Speaker of the House, he gladly welcomed it believing that not sooner than later, the substantive position may come his way when the NPP comes to power.
After deciding not to contest the Dome/Kwabenya seat in 2012, many saw that decision by the Political Scientist who is also a legal luminary as the right opportunity to prepare himself for the Speaker position if the NPP wins power.
Oquaye is a Baptist Minister, and is married to Alberta Oquaye (née Asafu-Adjei), a senior professional nurse.