The Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament has denied an assertion by the office of the New Patriotic Party’s Flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo that he was not officially invited to Thursday’s State of the Nation event.
According to the Acting Director of the Directorate, Kate Addo, an official invitation was extended to Nana Akufo Addo which was received by a lady named Mavis who works at the Flagbearer’s office.
President John Mahama on Thursday delivered his last state of the nation address in parliament.
It has been the practice over the years for all diplomats and dignitaries in the country to be invited for the ceremony which is held in parliament. All presidential candidates of political parties in the country have, since time immemorial, received invitation to the address.
But Nana Akufo Addo was conspicuously absent from this year’s event much to the surprise of many political watchers.
Nana Akufo Addo’s office in response to enquiries earlier revealed to Kasapa News that neither did the State Protocol Directorate nor Parliament House invite the former attorney general for this year’s State of the Nation address.
But in a swift reaction, Madam Kate Addo expressed surprise at the claims by the office of the veteran politician.
“We sent an invitation to him and was received by a lady staff of Nana Akufo Addo’s office by name Mavis. It was surprising to note that Nana Akufo Addo could not show up at the all important event as this was not the first time he had been invited” she noted.
Kate Addo indicated that the Acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay was equally invited to the event and acknowledged receipt but failed to show up at the ceremony.