Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, the member of parliament for the Odododiodio seat, has disclosed the reasons behind his decision to resign from office, citing dissatisfaction as a major contributing factor.
During an interview on Citi FM’s Citi Breakfast Show, Vanderpuye voiced his dissatisfaction with the difficulties that Members of Parliament (MPs) have when carrying out their responsibilities.
He brought attention to the absence of protection provided by political parties, which eventually caused pressure to grow and interest to wane.
“I am leaving parliament because I am frustrated; the [political] parties really do not protect the people they have [in parliament]. So, you are subjected to so much pressure that, after a time, you lose interest because you don’t get the sort of environment to be able to harmonize the talents and competence you have,” he explained.
He bemoaned the high rate of attrition in parliament, pointing out that many members of parliament on both sides of the aisle have comparable grievances that drive them to quit as important contributors.
“The attrition rate in parliament is too high, and as such, people do not get the sort of experience they require to advance the work of parliament,” Vanderpuye remarked.
He went on to commend seasoned lawmakers for their work in the House, bringing up the late Dr. Akoto Osei and Dr. Osei Assibey as two examples.
Highlighting the value of legislative experience, Vanderpuye pointed out that Speaker Alban Bagbin’s accomplishments may be traced back to his extensive tenure as a member of parliament.