The Member of Parliament for North Constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has revealed that the government paid GHS1,068,500.00 to convey Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo from the United States to Ghana. According to him, the government's primary motivation for lavishing such sums on Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo is to persuade her to vote for the controversial E-Levy.
Meanwhile, some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) say that Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, had her fright costs from the United States to Ghana covered by her friends. The names of Adwoa Safo's friends who paid the ferry fare were not revealed by NPP. As a result of this, Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asked the government six questions if they claim that friends of Adwoa Safo paid for freight costs.
His questions are: Who are these friends? What is their motivation? Why do these friends want the unpopular E-Levy passed so badly? What do these friends expect in return? What are the tax records of these friends? Why are these friends being shielded?
Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa added that since the government has failed to give the names of these allegedly friends of Adwoa Safo and the reason for them using their personal funds to transfer her to Ghana, all he can say is that what they are stating is false. He further added that the NPP's deceitful allegation that Adwoa Safo's private plane cost GHS1,068,500.00 was paid for by a friend is insulting.
This is the same Adwoa Safo who demanded that she be promoted to Deputy Majority Leader and paid a stipend before returning to parliament. Hon Kenedy Agyapong even claimed that the Chief of Staff had instructed him to put GHS 120,000.00 in her account. Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa concluded that the major reason the NPP spent so much money to fly Adwoa Safo to Ghana is to secure the one vote needed to pass the contentious E-Levy.
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