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Akufo-Addo Has Not Approved Gay Marriage

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The Presidency has dispelled claims by the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, that the President has approved same-sex marriage.

Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Presidency in a signed statement described the comments made by the opposition as baseless and a vile fabrication.

The Jubilee House statement reiterated the President’s focus on delivering on his mandate, and improving on the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people.

It added: “It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana. ”

The NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia was reported by www.pulse.com.gh to have said that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was legalizing homosexuality in the country.

“Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women,” said Mr. Nketia speaking at the party’s unity walk in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Meanwhile, the presidency has noted that it will not demand an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, saying he is “still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda.”

Below is the full statement:

28th April, 2018
For Immediate Release

RE: PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO HAS APPROVED GAY MARRIAGE

The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to comments made by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as reported by the online news outlet, The Pulse, to the effect that same-sex marriage has been approved by President Akufo-Addo.

Speaking at the NDC’s health/unity walk, on Saturday, 28th April, 2018, in Kumasi, the NDC General Secretary is reported to have stated that “Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women.”

This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana. For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, “men will marry men, and women will marry women”.

Indeed, the President remains focussed on delivering on his mandate, and improving on the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people. It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.

We will neither ask for an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, who, obviously, is still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda, which was rejected decisively by discerning Ghanaians in the 2016 general elections.

We will rather appeal to Ghanaians to, once again, ignore the falsehoods of the NDC, and urge Mr. Asiedu Nketiah to concentrate his energies on uniting his divided and discredited party.

Eugene Arhin

Director of Communications

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