Mr. Freddie Blay, the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has stated that the nature of the 8th Parliament makes it imperative for every NPP Member of Parliament to be present when key decisions are to be made through votes.
He explained that the current makeup of Parliament, which includes 137-137 seats for both the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), as well as one independent lawmaker who does business with the NPP, has created a schism among legislators, and that all lawmakers must be available in order to pass government policies.
“Adwoa Safo has asked permission to remain gone for some time,” he stated in response to concerns regarding the whereabouts of Dome-Kwabenya Member of Parliament Sarah Adwoa Safo.
When questioned again why members of the NPP are anxious about her absence if fact she asked permission to be away, he said “why shouldn’t people be worried. We are in parliament with about equal numbers, except that we hold a one-person majority over the NDC.
“People must vote on the E-levy or any other issue that comes before Parliament.” Parliament is deeply split over many topics and the vote is essential. We need every single vote to boost our numbers, therefore party leaders, government officials, and even the President are concerned.
In an interview with TV3’s Evelyn Tengmaa on Wednesday, February 23, he said, “We want our numbers to be in a situation where we can take use of our majority.”
Some members of the NPP believe Adwoa Safo is sabotaging the government. For example, Michael Okyere Baafi, the MP for New Juabeng South, claims she is complicating the government’s job in Parliament.
“Adwoa Safo is to blame for all of the government’s issues.” Clearly, her intention and posture reveal that she intends to sabotage NPP,” he remarked on Kumasi-based Hello FM.
The MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has also revealed that the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare gave him ¢120,000 to be paid into the bank account of Adwoa Safo for her to attend to Parliament duties to work for the government.
“The Chief of Staff summoned me, and I went to my mother’s grave, where the Chief of Staff handed me $120,000, which he put in Adwoa Safo’s Fidelity Bank account.”
“I put the money in the Fidelity Account there, and I’m going to ask her personal assistant if what I’m saying isn’t true,” an enraged Kennedy Agyapong stated.
“Now that we are in opposition, the way Adwoa Safo is handling the party, it is clearly demonstrating that we are in opposition, and this should not be accepted at all,” he said on Tuesday, February 22 on Asaase Radio.
Mr Agyapong had complained about Sarah Adwoa Safo’s behavior.
He claimed that the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection had failed in life by asking to be appointed as the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament.
He was perplexed as to why a cabinet minister would want to take a position below that of a Minister.
Mr Agyapong, who has two children with her, said of her frequent absences from Parliament, “She says she wants to be Deputy Majority, that woman has failed in life.” She should go to hell since a full cabinet minister is now requesting that she be made Deputy Majority Leader before she arrives.
“You don’t come to Parliament because you’re dancing on TikTok?” Get this straight: Dome Kwabenya is not for Apostle Kwadwo Safo. I’m enraged because people are mocking me for going there to campaign for her. I campaigned against Mike Oquaye, the Speaker, whom I much admire, because Adwoa used my children, contacting me and begging me to assist her. And now everyone is criticizing me for it, but I don’t regret it since she is very responsible with the children,” he remarked on GTV on Monday, February 21.
“More than 15 days, and the statute specifies 15 days,” he said when asked how many days she has been away from Parliament.
“Why not?” he answered when asked if Ghanaians should anticipate her seat to be declared vacant. She should enter a TikTok competition.”