The national chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddie Blay has disclosed on Wednesday (23 February) that Sarah Adwoa Safo, the MP for Dome-Kwabenya, took a leave of absence to address some health issues.

The lawmaker made local headlines on Tuesday after her colleague MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong alleged that she is refusing to return to Parliament because the party is yet to meet her demand of giving her the deputy majority leader position.

“I know that she [Adwoa Safo] asked for a period off to take care of some health issues and so let’s not make any hasty decisions …we must appreciate the situations she also finds herself,” Blay told The Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday.

“It is unfortunate that Adwoa Safo’s matter is in the public domain but I will like to say that at the end of the day Parliamentary proceedings must continue; a resolution will be reached.

“She [Adwoa Safo] represents a people, a constituency. She is there [in Parliament] to advocate their issues and implement government’s developmental agenda and so she owes them a duty,” the party chairman said.

I’ll not return to Parliament if you pamper Adwoa Safo

Kennedy Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central has warned that he will not return to Parliament if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo heeds to the demands of the lawmaker for Dome-Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo.

“If the President heeds to Adwoa Safo’s demands then I will also go to the US and demand that the President resigns before I come to Parliament,” Agyapong told Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

“The way Adwoa Safo is treating the party shows that we’re in opposition and this shouldn’t be tolerated at all. I beg like a kid in the NPP before I receive anything; it is not as rosy as it seems out there, we all have problems but at the end of the day it is the party that comes first.”

“Why are we allowing ourselves to be threatened so much? Have we not been in opposition before? Why are we allowing one person to threaten us? If we lose, we lose!” Agyapong said.

Agyapong said the Dome-Kwabenya MP must apologise to the New Patriotic Party.

“Politically, I think Adwoa Safo is wrong. She should rather apologise to the party and they should stop begging her,” he said.