‘I beg you in the name of God’ – Adwoa Safo pleads for forgiveness after long absence

Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has finally opened up on the reasons behind her long absence from parliament and has begged for forgiveness from her party and its leaders.

She said that she had some personal and family issues that prevented her from performing her parliamentary duties and that she did not intend to disrespect or disregard anyone.

Adwoa Safo, who is also a former Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement and a former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, had been missing from parliament for about a year, which sparked speculations and criticisms from the public and some members of her party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

She returned to parliament briefly in November 2022, after spending about eight months away, but left again shortly after and did not report to parliament in 2023 until February 2023.

Today, in a heartfelt address in a video that has since gone viral, she expressed deep remorse for her actions and sought forgiveness from various quarters within her party and the broader political community.

“I want to use this platform to apologize to my party members, the NPP Patriotic Party, and all party leaders. First of all, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his Vice President, our mother, the Chief of Staff Hon. Frema Osei-Opare, the Majority Leader, and the entire leadership of Parliament,” Adwoa Safo stated.

Addressing her fellow Members of Parliament in the majority caucus, she continued, “My fellow MPs in the majority caucus, I want to take this platform to apologize to you. Some time ago, some things I did, I want to plead with you that it was not deliberate, and it was not that I had decided to disrespect you. There were certain things that were happening in my life and in my family. I am on this platform begging you all in the name of God.

Adwoa Safo did not stop there, extending her apology to her regional executives, constituency executives, and the NPP headquarters. She also reached out to the party’s supporters and sympathizers who have consistently shown faith in her and the party.

“For all that has happened, please forgive me my sins. There is a proverb that says, when your child eases themselves on your leg, you do not cut it off, you wipe it off. For whatever has happened, I beg you all in the name of God,” she implored.Concluding her address, Adwoa Safo affirmed her love for Ghana and her dedication to serving the country, emphasizing her commitment to her role as the MP for Dome-Kwabenya.

The MP’s public plea for forgiveness comes as a significant development in her political career, and the response from her party and the public remains to be seen as they assess the sincerity of her apology and the reasons for her extended absence from parliamentary duties.

Read a transcript of her statement below.

I want to use this platform to apologize to my party members, the NPP Patriotic Party, and all party leaders. First of all, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his Vice President, our mother, the Chief of Staff Hon. Frema Osei-Opare, the Majority Leader, and the entire leadership of Parliament.

“My fellow MPs in the majority caucus, I want to take this platform to apologize to you. Some time ago, some things I did, I want to plead with you that it was not deliberate, and it was not that I had decided to disrespect you. There were certain things that were happening in my life and in my family. I am on this platform begging you all in the name of God.

“My regional executive in Greater Accra, my constituency executives headed by Chairman Bonsu, the headquarters of NPP, the General Secretary, and the National Chairman, and all those who work with you, I apologize to you all. Supporters and sympathizers who all love the party, who loved me and had faith in me and our constituency, I apologize to you all. For all that has happened, please forgive me my sins.

“There is a proverb that says, when your child eases themselves on your leg, you do not cut it off, you wipe it off. For whatever has happened, I beg you all in the name of God.

“My name is Adwoa Safo, MP for Dome Kwabenya. God bless you all.”

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