Monday, October 3, 2022

“Sack Adwoa Safo, conduct a by-election” – Ben Ephson tells NPP government

Managing News Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson, has told the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to dismiss the Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency, Sarah Adwoa Safo.

According to him in an interview with Joy FM on Thursday, February 10, 2022, there should be a by-election to replace her after her dismissal because her continuous absence from the Parliament house really poses a threat to government business and must therefore not be entertained, hence, her sack.

“Clearly if the records there at Parliament show that she has absented herself without permission or health reasons, I think somebody should trigger that and the party should sack her for a by-election to be held. It’s going to be very difficult for her to win as an independent candidate, unlike the situation in the Ashanti region. She won the NPP primaries by eight; single eight votes. Not eighty, eight votes.

“That is a relatively safe seat for the NPP. So, she can decide that she dares the party. If there’s proof of days without excuse of health reasons, they should ask her. And she can decide to go independent and be a second independent candidate.

There’s no way she’s going to win that seat as an independent candidate. That’s a relatively safe NPP seat, and she won the party’s primaries by eight votes, against Mike Oquaye Jnr,” Ephson said.

He added, “Well, I think I’m sure she brought proof of some medical condition. But I think that she crossed the line of political decency and comradeship.

“I think the President should sack her and if she has not fulfilled the rules for being absent for these number of days, they should sack her; have a by-election and she can contest as independent and she comes to Parliament and perhaps vote for NDC. So, they should call her bluff and sack her from Parliament. She’s shown disrespect to the party that brought her to power.”

Ben Ephson’s comment however follows an earlier comment made by the New Juaben South MP, Michael Okyere Baafi, whiles in an interview with Hello FM on Thursday accusing Adwoa Safo for sabotaging the government.

“All the problems the government is facing are attributable to Adwoa Safo. Clearly, her intention and posture show that she wants to sabotage NPP.

“She said she will not come to Parliament if she is not given the Deputy Majority Leader position. All 136 NPP MPs are always in Parliament except for Adwoa Safo. One person cannot hold the party to ransom,” he said.

 

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