During a constituency tour alongside party leaders and supporters, she emphasized her intention to seek re-election to retain her seat when the party conducts its primaries early next year. “I still have a lot to accomplish for my constituents, and I am committed to explaining the reasons for my absence to them. When the time comes, I will, by God’s grace, represent my people again, as I believe my constituents still support me,” she stated. In a video posted on Facebook, the former Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection offered a sincere apology to the NPP, shedding light on the personal challenges her family had faced during her absence. Adwoa Safo acknowledged that her extended absence had not been deliberate and expressed deep regret for any inconvenience it may have caused.
Adwoa Safo’s apology video
She specifically addressed prominent figures within her party, saying, “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my apologies to my party and its leadership. This includes President Akufo-Addo, the Vice President, the Chief of Staff, the Majority Leader, and the entire Majority Caucus.” She continued, “I want to apologize because my absence was not intentional. There were many personal challenges affecting my life and that of my family. I am using this platform to humbly plead with all of you in the name of God. To my regional executives, my constituency executives, the NPP headquarters, and all sympathizers and supporters who love both the party and myself, I sincerely request your forgiveness for everything that has transpired.”
In her apology video, Adwoa Safo called on the party’s leadership, as well as fellow party members, especially those within her constituency, to pardon her for her actions. “I want to utilize this moment to offer my sincere apologies to the members of the New Patriotic Party, including our esteemed leadership. Firstly, I extend my apologies to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, our dedicated Chief of Staff, Honorable Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, and the entire leadership within Parliament. Furthermore, I seek forgiveness from my fellow MPs and colleagues in the Majority caucus,” she expressed.
Adwoa Safo’s prolonged absence from Parliament became a prominent topic of discussion in 2022, sparking nationwide debate. The issue came to light when she left the country following the passage of the 2022 budget on November 26, 2021. Due to her extended absence, Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, referred Adwoa Safo to the Privileges Committee on April 4 for missing fifteen sitting days. On July 29, 2023, the president revoked her appointment based on Article 81 of the Constitution. However, on November 11, 2022, Adwoa Safo officially resumed her parliamentary duties upon her return from the United States of America. She experienced another absence but returned on February 7, 2023, marking her first appearance in the House that year, where she has since remained.