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xxxxxxxxxxx of Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Source: Citizens Mail

We never endorsed Akufo-Addo - Peki chiefs fume

The Adontenhene of the Peki State and Acting President of the Peki Traditional Area who is also the Dufia of Peki Avetile Torgbe Ayim Mordey VI has denied reports that the Chiefs of Peki endorsed the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo.

At a durbar of the Chiefs and people of Peki in Avetile as part of the Chief of Staff Mr Julius Debrah's campaign tour of the Volta Region the Acting President of the Traditional Area minced no words in denying the claim He was reacting to news that The Gyasehene of the Peki Traditional area in the Volta Region, Togbui Takon Tutu Brempong has reportedly thrown his weight behind the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo’s bid to become President of Ghana. This happened during his campaign tour of the NPP flagbearer in the Volta Region

The development generated a controversy as to whether the said person who spoke was a legitimate Chief.

The acting president said “Regarding the visit of the flag bearer of the NPP it has been carried on a news item on myjoyonline.com that the chief of Peki endorsed NPP. In fact I want to take this opportunity to let the people understand that that was never done. The individual involved in this occasion is going to be called and sanctioned for this misconduct. So I want to make you understand that there was no such endorsements by Peki chiefs This statement by the Acting President of the Peki Traditional Area is therefore seen as a step to assert the collective authority of the Traditional Council and to ensure they are not dragged into supporting the NPP on their blind side.

The statement attracted a huge applause from the audience indicating that the earlier said endorsement was not representative of the Peki people's wish.

The latest denial adds to the numerous denials that have been reported in some sections of the media regarding chiefs endorsing the NPP flagbearer.

Recently the Nana Yaw Owusu, the Mpaboahene [Sandals chief] of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was compelled to come out to make a denial after news made rounds that some 58 chiefs had endorsed Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.

The chiefs were reported to have pledged their support to his candidature when The flag bearer, was on a 4-day tour of Ashanti Region He flatly dismissed the reports and stated that “There was no mention of party, government and president during our interaction. Nana Addo came in and gave us a request to support him to be president. When the request came after we welcomed him, we said from time immemorial the people have voted for the UP tradition which has now metamorphosed into NPP but said successive governments have neglected us ”, he said.

They expressed confidence in the ability of the NPP flag bearer to bring development to the people in the area.