Deputy Minority Chief Whip and MP for Banda Constituency, Ahmed Ibrahim, has said that the two personalities – Bagbin and Adwoa Safo – are being blamed, for that matter being scapegoated for failure to pass the controversial E-Levy Bill by the Majority caucus.
According to him on February 18, 2022, in an interview on Accra-based Joy FM’s news programme, “For your information, the Speaker has been in Parliament for the past one week and they have been dodging.
“They (the Majority) cannot even table the E-Levy for consideration… we in Minority were asking them about the uncertainty surrounding their actions on the E-Levy. They themselves are not decisive, it is like the government is not ready with government business and therefore, I will not want that blame to be pushed to Adwoa Safo,” he said.
He however cited a 2021 letter in which the presidency confirmed that the Dome-Kwabenya lawmaker had been excused on health on grounds from her ministerial duties, subsequent to which her position was temporarily given to Cecilia Abena Dapaah.
“Even with Adwoa Safo, they cannot mobilize the remaining 137 because the Majority themselves are not happy with the E-Levy so they can’t build consensus on it let alone to call for the whole house.
“I also don’t always want to shift the blame…it is not as if the absence of Adwoa Safo or Speaker Bagbin that is why the E-Levy is not being passed. If Adwoa Safo comes today, their numbers will still be down because they can’t build consensus on the E-Levy as a Majority side,” he added.
Meanwhile, sources indicates that the Majority will likely this week, drag Adwoa Safo before the Privileges Committee after absenting herself from Parliament for 15 working days without any notice which according them, it is against Parliamentary rules.
The two major personalities have however on different occasions been in the news and being blamed for the failure of the Majority Caucus in Parliament since December 2021 in order to pass the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy) Bill.