Theophilus Ansah Larbi, the constituency General Secretary for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Dome Kwabenya Constituency, is surprised their Member of Parliament, Sarah Adwoa Safo, is rendering an apology to the rank and file of the party and her constituents.
Mr. Ansah Larbi says their lawmaker had, in one of her utterances, indicated that the constituents have asked for her return, which he says couldn’t have been possible if they haven’t forgiven her.
Speaking with Alfred Ocansey on Ghana Tonight Thursday, September 14, 2023, the constituency secretary said Adwoa Safo should not worry if she claims the constituents are the ones demanding her return to represent them in 2024.
“…What I am saying is that, in one of her interviews, she said it is the people of Dome Kwabenya who are inviting her or calling her to come contest again. So, if the people have called you, what is this apology all about? They have called you; they have forgiven you before they called you so what is this about again? If you’ve gone out there to say this is a story, why worry then? I don’t think there’s a point in getting herself worried,” he stated.
Mr. Ansah Larbi explained further that, the party leadership in the constituency will present someone the people want since leaders represent the masses and should be doing what they want. “…What I am saying is that, I am a delegate, not just a delegate, I am a leader of the party and as a delegate, you represent a group of people, so you have to go to the people, ask them what the people want and you do what the people want not what you want,” he added.
The Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Thursday, September 14, 2023, rendered an apology to the leadership, sympathisers and supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), as well as her constituents for “an attitude I put up some time past.”
In a video shared by the lawmaker on social and sighted by OnuaOnline, Madam Adwoa Safo said whatever ensued at the time was as a result of certain things in her life beyond her control. She has therefore asked those who got affected in one way or the other, by her attitude at the time, to forgive her.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my party members, the New Patriotic Party and leadership of the party. Firstly, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his Vice, our mother the Chief of Staff, Frema Akosua Opare, the Majority Leader and the entire leadership of Parliament, my fellow Parliamentarians, the Majority caucus, I want to use this opportunity to apologise to you all for an attitude I put up some time past. It wasn’t intentional for me to do that or disregard the House but so many things were going on in my life and family and I use this opportunity to plead with you all in the name of God [to forgive me]” she said in a video posted on Facebook.
She extended the apologies to her “Regional Chairman, Constituency Chair, General Secretary, [National] Chairman and all the other executives, supporters and sympathisers of the party, I apologise to you all to forgive me. A proverb from our elders say when a child soils your limbs with feces, it is cleaned and not amputated.”
The Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya absented herself from sitting for more than the stipulated 15 days according to Ghana’s Constitution and the parliamentary regulations.
The Majority caucus where she belongs wanted her seat declared vacant but was opposed by the Minority MPs who felt she should be heard first.
Speaker Alban Bagbin also questioned the authority of the NPP to declare her seat vacant after some MPs announced that their colleague’s seat has been declared unoccupied pending a by-election.
In March 2022, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, disclosed that Sarah Adwoa Safo had requested a month-long leave from the House but stayed beyond the time.
Subsequently, the Speaker on May 4, 2022, referred Adwoa Safo and two other individuals inclduing Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central and Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central to the Privilleges Committee for hearing on their case. The other two MPs had also absented themselves for more than the required period.
The two other MPs appeared before the committee and were cleared except for Adwoa Safo who remained absent but rather chose to be posting videos on tiktok, throwing jabs at her critics. The Speaker promised to rule on the matter after the House had returned from recess but has since never been mentioned.