SONA: Akufo-Addo Was Invited Parliament Clarifies

Parliament has denied claims that the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo was not invited to this year’s State of the Nation Address.

Eugene Arhin, press secretary of Akufo-Addo had told the media that neither parliament nor state protocol extended an invitation to the former attorney general.

“Often during ceremonies like this, we would receive an invite from parliament or state protocol but in this instance, neither did we hear from the state protocol nor parliament and so there was nothing we could do. Akufo-Addo as a patriotic citizen was willing and ready to attend the event,” he said.

However in response, Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo said the claims are untrue.

“We sent an invitation to him and was received by a lady staff of Nana Akufo-Addo’s office by name Mavis. Nana Addo being a former MP has always honored invitations of the House. I am therefore sure that he could not honour our invitation this time for a very good reason. But it is definitely not because we did not invite him”.

“The House recognises the important role he and his party play in our body politics and accords him the necessary respect and courtesies,” she told Accra-based Kasapa FM.

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.

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