The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has denied reports that he arrived at this year’s Odwira celebration very late, resulting in the misunderstanding that arose between him and the security men on the ground.
This was said in a press release signed by his press aide, Herbert Krapah who explained how it the incident occurred.
He said it was not true that Nana Akufo-Addo was late in arriving at the durbar grounds and that indeed, Nana Akufo-Addo acted in strict accordance with the protocol instructions given him by the Okuapeman Traditional Council.
He explained in the release that Nana Akufo-Addo, per the invitation given him by the Okuapeman Traditional Council was asked to be present at 1:30pm on Friday, October 1, 2010. On his way, he received correspondence from the organisers that the program had delayed and he will be notified once it was okay for him to arrive, which Nana Akufo-Addo respectfully agreed and waited in Akropong until he received further instructions from the protocol officers of the event and he immediately proceeded to the durbar grounds, which was a short distance from the house he was waiting.
Mr Krapah explained further that when Nana Akufo-Addo and his delegation of three others, led by the MP for Akropong, W. O. Boafo got to the dais, where the government officials were seated, a cordon of Police officers rushed forward with arms stretched, to stop them from climbing the dais, saying ‘No greeting, you cannot greet the Regional Minister’ and even to this neither Nana Akufo-Addo nor any member of his delegation offered any word of protest.
He stated however that the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, after his speech went to greet the Okuapehene, Nana Addo Dankwa III and also shook hands with Nana Akufo-Addo who was sitting next to the Okuapehene, which action Mr. Ofosu Ampofo repeated, when he was leaving the program.