The Eastern Regional Branch of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is claiming that the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs’ visit to the presidency was “politically sponsored.”
The Regional Executives stated that the chiefs were doing the bidding of New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo, who has filed a petition at the Supreme Court disputing the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, which was declared in favour of John Mahama.
Their claim comes on the back of a call by the President of the Eastern Region House of Chiefs, Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, for all parties involved to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict.
The Okyenhene made the appeal when he, together with other Eastern Region chiefs, paid a courtesy call to President Mahama at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday.
President Mahama responded by assuring the nation that he will accept the court's verdict.
Shortly after the visit by the Eastern Region House of Chiefs, their colleagues from the Northern Region took their turn to visit the President.
But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, the spokesperson for the NDC Eastern Region Executives called the Okyenhene’s conduct hypocritical.
Tawiah Boateng, who is also the Eastern Regional Organizer, contended that as President of the Regional House of Chiefs, the Okyenhene should have used the occasion to condemn Nana Akufo-Addo's decision to challenge the election results in court “since he is a son of the land.”
He added that, “Nananom should have also apologized on behalf of some of his subordinates who actively involved themselves in campaigning for certain candidates in the just ended elections.”
He said it was unfortunate that the chiefs raised the issue that thepPresident did not consult them before appointing Julius Debrah as Eastern Regional Minister, insisting that they are grateful for the nomination.
The Eastern Region NDC Secretary also took a swipe at the Ambassador and former Minister Victor Smith for not doing due diligence before leading the team to the president.
The NDC man posited that Ambassador Smith’s behavior demonstrates why he was not retained as a minister.
Mr Boateng argued that the visit exposed the Okyenhene’s political leanings, which he said has done more harm than good to the Eastern Region.