The Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament has denied an assertion by the office of the New Patriotic Partyâ€™s Flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo that he was not officially invited to Thursdayâ€™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 Flagbearerâ€™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 yearâ€™s event much to the surprise of many political watchers.
Nana Akufo Addoâ€™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 yearâ€™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.
â€œWe sent an invitation to him and was received by a lady staff of Nana Akufo Addoâ€™s office by name Mavis. Nana Addo being a former MP has always honoured invitation 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 himâ€.
â€œThe House recognises the importance the importance role he and his party play in our body politics and accords him the necessary respect and courtesiesâ€, she noted.
Kate Addo indicated that the Acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, showed up at the event having also been invited.