The General Manager of the Chronicle Newspaper has apologised profusely for a publication suggesting that the 2012 flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo has endorsed chairman aspirant Paul Afoko.
Ebo Quansah told Myjoyonline.com the publication was a complete misunderstanding and very regrettable.
He said his paper will retract the story on Monday and apologise for the embarassment the story has caused.
But with the National Delegates conference of the NPP due Saturday, Ebo Quansah thought apologising for the story on Friday on Myjoyonline.com was appropriate.
He said as a professional journalist, he is “embarrased” with the publication.
The former Director of Communications of the opposition New Patriotic Party had early on dismissed the report in an interview with Myjoyonline.com.
The paper claimed Nana Akomea had confirmed Nana Akufo-Addo’s endorsement of Paul Afoko.
But Nana Akomea has dismissed the report.
Explaining a rather bizarre situation, Nana Akomea said he had a call from Ebo Quansah saying that he had heard that Nana had endorsed Paul Afoko.
He said he responded in the affirmative thinking the editor was asking if he Akomea had endorsed Paul Afoko.
“I responded yes but that was some time ago at a meeting,” he quoted himself as saying.
According to him, he was addressing a TESCON meeting at GIMPA and so he asked Mr Quansah to call him later for a lengthy chat.
Somehow he saw the publication that Nana Akufo-Addo had endorsed Paul Afoko and that he Akomea had confirmed the endorsement.
He said he was surprised that a one minute chat on phone was used as a story with the headline that Nana Addo has endorsed Afoko.
Ebo Quansah later told Myjoyonline.com the call was to seek confirmation on whether Nana Akufo-Addo had confirmed Paul Afoko and not whether he Nana Akomea had confirmed Paul Afoko.
He attributed the publication to a gross misunderstanding, something the Chronicle is not noted for.
Nana Akomea also apologised to Nana Akufo-Addo for “any embarrassment” the publication may have caused.
The opposition party will elect new executives on Saturday in Tamale.
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