Chiefs warned against endorsing presidential candidates

Chiefs warned against endorsing presidential candidates

The National House of Chiefs has reiterated its call to traditional rulers in the country to desist from openly supporting any presidential candidate ahead of the elections.

The President of the National House of Chiefs, Prof. Naa Nabila criticised the decision by some chiefs to publicly declare their support for certain political parties.

“They should refer to the constitution which says we shouldn’t take part in active party politics, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot belong. We haven’t been endorsing them. We have said so many times that we don’t support any particular party,” Naa Nabila told journalists in Accra.

He admitted that although they could not sanction the chiefs for any comments they made, they would nonetheless call on the rulers not to attempt to influence their subjects by declaring support for particular candidates.

“We can’t control them [the chiefs] we can only advise them,” Naa Nabila said.

His comments are in response to recent endorsements from some chiefs to the presidential candidates of the two leading political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Nana Saafo Attara II, the Adontenhene of the Dodo Traditional area in the Volta region; Nana Aseidu Agyemang III of the  Okwahuman Traditional Council and Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, Sunyanimanhene recently came out in support of President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC  which provoked a response from the House of Chiefs.

Two Eastern Regional chiefs Osabarima Agyeman Boasia II, chief of Boso, in the Asuogyaman constituency and Osabarima Adugyei Gyamfi II, chief of the Akyem Akrofufu Traditional Area also backed the NPP’s flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo over the weekend.


By: Edwin Kwakofi/

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