NANA ASARE Akowua, Krontihene of the Akwamu Traditional Area, on behalf of the Akwamu Traditional Council, has declared the “unflinching and unalloyed support” of the Akwamu Kingdom to the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This declaration of support by the Akwamu Traditional Council, with 20 days to the conduct of the December 7 election, according to Nana Asare Akowua, is because “he (Nana Akufo-Addo) is an Akwamu, and will do the job.”
According to Nana Akowua, “had it not been his (Akufo-Addo’s) quest to ascend the highest office of the land, we had a stool in Akwamu for him – the Nana Bakai stool. If he is, thus, seeking the Presidency of the land, we back him fully.”
The Krontihene of the Akwamu Traditional Area made this known on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Atimpoku, in the Asuogyaman constituency, when the NPP flag bearer campaigned in the constituency, as part of his 4-day campaign tour of the Eastern Region.
In the presence of thousands of residents and NPP sympathisers at a night rally held at Atimpoku, Nana Akowua reiterated that “because he is one of us, I am, on behalf of the Akwamu Kingdom, stating here and now, that we are going to vote massively for him so he wins the elections.”
“And on 7th January, 2017, “when the handover ceremony is being done, power will be handed over to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. On 7th January, we are sending a son of the Akwamu Kingdom to occupy the seat of government,” the Krontihene of Akwamu said.
Nana Akowua, on behalf of the Akwamu Traditional Council, also used the opportunity to publicly dissociate itself from recent comments by its acting president, Osuogyasono Yaw Boadu IV against Nana Akufo-Addo.
Osuogyasono Boadu is reported to have said that the Council would perform rituals to remove the image of the NPP presidential candidate from the ballot papers during the December 7 elections.
“Akwamus have no rituals that influence elections. We wish to assure the people of Ghana that we do not engage in rituals to delete contestants from the ballot paper. We cannot remove someone from the ballot paper spiritually. What our brother said was out of exuberance and over-excitement, and, perhaps, he wanted to say something to please some people,” he said.
Nana Akowua, thus, appealed to the “Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP not to pay heed to the statements made by our brother (Osuogyasono Yaw Boadu IV). Kindly ignore it completely.”
Mahama has collapsed Akosombo Textiles
Appealing to the NPP flag bearer not to “forget your people when you come into office”, Nana Akowua noted that youth unemployment within the Akwamu Kingdom remains the biggest challenge, following the collapse of the Akosombo Textiles Limited (ATL), which, whilst in operation, employed some 8,000 workers.
“Nana Akufo-Addo has assured the nation of establishing one factory in every district. The only factory here in Asuogyaman is ATL. But, under some people, this factory has collapsed. So when he comes, he should look for investors so ATL can be revived,” he said.
The Krontihene of Akwamu noted that ATL provided employment to residents from four districts, namely Asuogyaman, Yilo Krobo, Upper Manya Krobo and North Tongu.
“Thus, even if he does not bring factories here, the revival of ATL will provide jobs for the youth in four districts,” he added.
Nana Akowua also appealed to the NPP flag bearer to construct the roads in the Asuogyaman constituency, with particular mention of the Marine to Gyakiti road; and the Apegusu-Anyanso to Mpakadan road, which, he said, have been neglected over the last eight years.