The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has described as “mischievous” a press release making rounds on social media and purported to be issued by the Institute that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, New Patriotic Party) presidential aspirant, will not appear before it anymore to honour his scheduled ‘Evening Encounter,’ with the IEA.
“We regret to inform the general public…..that the IEA’s evening encounter with the Flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Aaddo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, which was postponed until further notice, has now been officially called off by the institute,” the statement circulating on social media, said.
The purported statement, said to have been signed by Mrs. Jean Mensah, Executive Director of the IEA, indicated that the decision to call off the meeting with the NPP presidential aspirant became necessary “due to the unavailability of the NPP’s aspirant to avail himself to take his turn at the Evening Encounter.”
But the IEA, in a counter statement, signed by Mrs. Mensah, copied The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, labeled the earlier statement as “false, fictitious and did not emanate from the IEA.”
The IEA disclaimer called on Ghanaians to “disregard the fictitious statement and treat it with the contempt that it deserves.”
Nana Akufo Addo has on two occasions failed to appear before the IEA to take his turn at the Evening Encounter.
He was first billed to feature on that platform in July and in August. Two other presidential aspirants of the Peoples National Convention and the Convention Peoples Party, Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama and Mr. Ivor Greenstreet, respectively have appeared at the encounter.
The National Democratic Congress has pulled out of the IEA’s programme.
The IEA evening platform serves as a medium for political parties to propagate their developmental messages, to galvanise votes.
By Julius Yao Petetsi