Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin
The Eastern Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed misgiving about a statement released by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which it claimed was casting negative aspersions on the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, who doubles as the President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs.
The regional secretariat of the NDC in a release issued and signed by the regional secretary, Mark Oliver Kevor on Monday, heavily descended on Okyenhene for saying President John Mahama has sidelined the Akyems in his government.
The party further described Okyenhene’s pronouncements as unnecessary and ill-motivated.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin last week Saturday when addressing a gathering of chiefs from Akyem Abuakwa at the annual Okyeman Congress at Bunso in the East Akim municipality of the region, reportedly accused President Mahama of sidelining Akyems.
According to the Okyenhene, the development is hindering the progress of the Akyem kingdom, adding that some high profile persons from the Akyem area had been ignored by the president in his appointments.
Mr Mark Oliver Kevor, who was unhappy about the Okyenhene’s comments, hinted that his claim was aimed at inciting Akyems against the NDC government.
“It seems Okyenhene has lost sight of what the NDC has done in terms of appointment in JM’s government. Mention the likes of the current Attorney General; she hails from Akwatia; Deputy Eastern Regional Minister is from Abirem; Nana Adusei Peasah, Tafohene and regional chairman of the Lands Commission; Victor Smith from Kukurantumi; Dr. Akyem Apea Kubi, former regional minister and currently a board member of ECG, from Akyem-Achiase; Ofosu Ampofo, board chairman of GHAPOHA, among a number of them,” it stated.
In a rebuttal, the NPP in a press release issued and signed by the Regional Communications Director, David Prah, said the party finds the release by the NDC extremely uncivilised, tribalistic, divisive and preposterous.
“The tribal undertone and the inciting nature of the said release must be condemned by all Ghanaians, including all NDC members who want Ghana and our politics to be devoid of such attitudes and language that negatively portray our culture as uncivilized,” the NPP underscored.
The NPP pointed out that it associates itself with the concerns raised by the traditional ruler. “We further state that the Mahama-led NDC government has abandoned the proper management of the entire Eastern Region because……it is not its political stronghold and also it is the home region of our flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. They have hence deprived the region of the needed developmental projects…..”
“As if this was not enough, their release also talked about the government having completed and tarred the Adeiso-Asamankese, Suhum-Asamankese, Nsawam-Asamankese, Osenase-Akwatia, Kyebi, Suhum & Asamankese and Bunso-Koforidua roads. These are mere lies and propaganda which must only be told to the marines. The truth is that the above stated roads have not been completed and tarred as they want us to believe. Motorists and travellers who ply them are our key witnesses.”
The Eastern Regional NPP maintained that none of the three so-called government’s Community Day Senior High School projects at Nyenoa-Kwaobaa (Upper West Akim District), Takorasi (Denkyembour District) and Nyafomah (Birim North District) are near completion with other secondary schools in the Akyem area and most parts of the region suffering from massive infrastructure deficits.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua