The Minority in Parliament says claims that the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, was present in the House on Tuesday for proceedings are not true.
It says, there are a lot of inconsistencies around the narrative over the issue, making it one that is far away from the truth.
It emerged on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, that Sarah Adwoa Safo had been absent from Parliament for some time now following an extension of her leave which was granted by the President.
The subject has now become contentious following allegations that she was impersonated during the proceedings because the Majority side needed the numbers at all cost to approve the government's 2022 budget, which they did despite the disapproval by the minority side.
The controversy was deepened by the fact that videos and photos of a woman believed not to be the Dome Kwabenya MP in Parliament have gone viral on social media.
On Wednesday, however, Sarah Adwoa Safo appeared in the House, insisting that she was in the chamber the previous day and that, suspicions of impersonations, must be ignored.
But NDC Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says his side is not convinced.
“Very soon, we will put out all the details we know so far about the incident; which are very troubling. Very soon we will know and get to the bottom of the matter and Ghanaians will know the truth whether she was in the chamber or not. But safe to say, we are not convinced. So far the contradiction are one too many, and it is important to state that, this should not be reduced to womanhood or how to dress as a woman at all. It is a needles distortion. That is not the issue at all”, Mr. Ablakwa said on Eyewitness News.
In the said viral video, the woman was seen wearing a nose mask, leaving the chamber right after the headcount, which led to the approval of the budget statement.
However, on Wednesday, Madam Adwoa Safo appearing with a different hairstyle, did not wear a nose mask.
Adwoa Safo however, dismissed Ablakwa's claims, saying “I cannot force Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is my friend on the other side, to dress the way I want him to dress. That is an insult to womanhood, so those making that noise should withdraw.”
In the meantime, the Minority has already indicated that it is probing the development.