The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Eastern Region has waded into the ongoing fracas between the Kwahu Traditional Council and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), describing the actions of the opposition party as ‘disrespect to traditional authority’.
The NPP recalled a similar action between the NDC and the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council recently, saying the actions of the opposition party is a deliberate ploy to undermine the authority of traditional leaders.
The NDC in the Eastern region failed to honour an invitation by the Kwahu Traditional Council after invoking curses on the Electoral Commission and the NPP in River Trado and River Afram, both on Kwahu lands.
The “uncultured behaviour” was led by the Regional Communications Officer of the NDC, Dallas Williams; a Deputy Regional Youth Organiser, Sidi Bello; a former Youth Organiser, Daniel Aboagye; and former Regional Secretary Mark Oliver Kevor.
The NDC were then banned from campaigning in the Kwahu Traditional area and two pro-opposition radio stations, both belonging to Mark Oliver Kevor, were ordered by the traditional council to shut down.
A press release signed by David Prah, Eastern Regional Communications Director of the NPP, said the NDC and its flagbearer must show respect to the good people of the Eastern Region, including the revered traditional leaders.
“It is a shame that the visionless and meaningless NDC flagbearer has continuously failed to rebuke his arrogant and disrespectful executives.
We in the NPP will continue to show respect to our leaders, be it traditional, political, religious etc. The traditional leaders are the people we look up to in settling disputes, so we don’t expect the NDC to continue disrespecting them in such regard,” the statement said.
Mr Prah stated that the NPP takes exception to the disrespectful attitude and the continuous use of abusive language against traditional authorities by officers of the NDC in the region.