Politics of Wednesday, 8 March 2017
The State Protocol Department has denied claims by the founder of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor that they have been given express instructions not to invite her and Dr Hassan Ayariga to state functions.
Madam Akua Donkor disclosed that she does not receive invites as she used to and in an attempt to find out from the State Protocol Department (SPD), she was told by one Mensah that her name is not among persons to be invited for such events as directed by the presidency.
Akua Donkor believes the current President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo despises not only her but Dr Hassan Ayariga of the All Peoples Congress (NDC) for which reason they have both been relegated to the background.
“Nana Addo does not like me and Hassan Ayariga. I am sure that is why he has directed them not invite me for state functions but I don’t care”, he revealed on Kumasi-based Abusua Fm.
But Deputy Chief Protocol Officer at the State protocol department Nana Mensah refuted claims that he refused to give her invite adding that the President had no hand in the protocol list.
According to him, the GFP leader knows the processes involved in extending such invitations denying the claim that they showed her a list which did not contain her name.
‘Prior to the Independence Day for example, I told her to hang around for a while because the one in charge of invitation cards had stepped out, the time I realised, she had left unannounced. She knows how we have been assisting her even when she wants to travel outside the country. I am just wondering why she has decided to go to the media with such an issue. If it is also about the State of the Nation Address, we at SPD do not handle that, Parliament does,’ he explained.