The image of Alhaji Alhassan Suyihini Sayibu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North Constituency, may be sinking faster than one can imagine. Within his first term in office, the legislator had entangled himself in so many controversies, some of which may be eroding his credibility.
From his usage of unpalatable words against a female reporter, through making wild allegations in parliament, to his instrumental role in the recent scheme to humiliate a widow parliamentarian, one can but conclude that he is an odd legislator.
In January 2017, barely weeks after he was welcomed into the noble house as MP, he was cited for misbehaving towards the Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Joe Osei Owusu, and was compelled to openly apologize for misbehaving.
Later the same month, he was named among a gang of three NDC MPs 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 ‘honourable’ MP, during a live television interview, shamelessly dared a TV3 female journalist to show him her white panties.
In trying to discredit the then ‘leaked’ Kwesi Botchwey report, the Tamale North MP was pressed by TV3’s New Day Host, Abena Tabi, to produce the original copy of the document, since he was insisting that what was being serialized in the media was not the original one.
“Hon. Alhassan Suhuyini, if you know the Kwesi Botchwey report is fake why not produce the original report?”, but the uncouth politician, sharply retorted: “Abena, you are wearing a white pant. Show me your white pant. Show me”, to the embarrassment of millions of viewers.
Even though many female journalists later expressed embarrassment and felt insulted by the politician’s request to the lady to flash him her undies, even on national television, there was no record that he showed any remorse.
It would be recalled also that, ahead of the 2016 elections he displayed more of his real side when he was reported as openly declaring that because Ewes voted for Rawlings, Asantes voted for Kufuor and Fantes voted for Atta Mills, Northerners must also vote for John Dramani Mahama. He was again quoted as lamenting, even after the elections, that Northerners didn’t love themselves because Mahama lost 11 seats up north.
And just this week, Alhaji Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini had to be ordered to leave the floor of Parliament for unparliamentarily behavior during proceedingsuse. This was shortly after the Majority side had moved an application demanding that the Minority (including Suhuyini) apologize to the newly-elected Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan, for describing her as a “bloody widow”.
The development was widely condemned by several individuals and groups in the country, including the 1st Deputy Majority whip and MP for Kpandai, Mr Matthew Nyindam, but the Tamale North representative took the issue to a different level by kicking against the motion and trying to disrupt proceedings.
THE PUBLISHER is saddened by the constant negative behavior of the MP, and finds his conducts highly unbecoming of a lawmaker, journalist and a Muslim.
We wish to call on the leaders of the National Democratic Congress, the party on whose ticket he entered the august House, to do all they can to ‘refine’ their member before he drags the entire party into deeper mud.
Maybe, one sure recommendation from the paper is to plaster his mouth in Parliament, just the way he did during the 2018 State of the Nation Address.