Responding to a letter from the Nana Addo campaign team requesting permission to visit them before proceeding to the grounds for his party’s extraordinary National Delegates’ Conference, the Akwamuhene, Nana Kwaku Sarbeng Ababio II said the chiefs cannot grant him permission at a time when there is an impasse between them and the Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the party, Asoma Kyeremeh.
“We are sorry to inform you that the council cannot receive Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and his entourage in view of the fact that the impasse between the Sunyani Traditional Council and the B/A Branch of the NPP has not as yet been resolved…,” a signed letter addressed to the office of the Presidential candidate and the party stated.
Brong Ahafo regional Secretary of the NPP, Alfred Ofori Annyen also confirmed this development in an interview with Adomonline.com.
Tension between the party and the traditional council mounted after the Omanhene, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri was criticized by the NPP for openly declaring support for President John Mahama during his tour of the region.
At a press conference, the regional executives of the party condemned the comments by the Chief, describing it as unfortunate, unacceptable and a breach of the country’s constitution.
Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Regional Chairman of the NPP, said: “What we find appallingly and unbelievable is the fact that a 10 -kilometre stretch of uncompleted road could induce a chief of his standing to promise 70 to 80 percent victory in the region for the President.”
He advised the Paramount Chief “not to have appetite for favours from the President at the expense of their subjects. Our chiefs should realize that power is transient and the word impermanence is attached to every sphere of life.”
But the Traditional Council took exception to the comments by the regional executives and consequently asked the Brong-Ahafo Regional Council of Elders of the NPP to compel the regional executives to render an unqualified apology.
It said Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh had undermined the authority of the Sunyani Manhene by saying “the Chief stood to the lowest level to call on residents of the region to endorse the Presidency of President Mahama.”
However, the NPP has since failed to appear before the Traditional Council, as requested, to apologise for the comments; a situation that has caused the Traditional Council to consider preventing the party from holding its Saturday extraordinary congress in Sunyani.
This led to reports that the Traditional Council was intending to stop the extra-ordinary congress of the party from being held in Sunyani.
Thus, Nana Addo’s visit was expected to calm tensions down between the Traditional authority and the party.