– Akahoho Tells Assembly Members
Hon. Romeo Elikplim Akahoho, the immediate past presiding member of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), has advised assembly members in the Tema metropolis to endorse the President’s nominee to the assembly.
Hon. Akahoho, who is the assembly member for Adjei Kojo Electoral Area, told journalists in Tema that the nominee, Felix Mensah Annang-La, is a father –for–all figure, who has intellect, charisma and populism and cuts across all social lines.
Hon. Akahoho expressed optimism that since the nominee is development-oriented and a longstanding practitioner in the maritime industry, he and his colleagues would work together with the nominee to ensure that the right things are done.
He described the allegation that he is working against the nominee’s endorsement as a laughable fantasy which can only come from someone who is far from the actual playground with sights seriously blurred and praised his colleagues for not demanding money from the nominee for endorsement.
For Mr. Mensah Annang-La to be able to assume office finally, the General Assembly of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly must confirm him with a vote.
Unfortunately, information is that some Akans in Tema, who are not happy that it is not one of their own that has been nominated by the President, are scheming to ensure that the Assembly rejects the President’s nominee at an upcoming confirmation vote.
Akans dominate Tema. However, some Akyems in the Harbour City are said to be unhappy about alleged lobbying to get Felix Mensah Annang-La rejected by the TMA General Assembly and have therefore gone on the preemptive attack, starting a behind-the-scenes lobby campaign for the confirmation of Mr. Felix Mensah Annang-La by the Assembly.
Eric Kojo Twumasi, alias Worgor, a prominent Akyem Assembly member for Harbour Electoral Area in Tema, refuses to confirm or deny the alleged secret lobbying on behalf of Felix Mensah Annang-La, but expresses elation that the President has nominated him.
He tells journalists that it is in fine order that the President nominated a Tema indigene for the mayoral job, concurring with the Tema Traditional Council’s sentiment that it is unfair that all major public agencies in Tema are headed by non-indigenes.
“We all know that even all the three MPs in Tema are non-natives and this is really not very fair. And so we can only say it is right that the President has at least nominated an indigene to be the Chief Executive of the metropolis,” he said.
He adds that the nomination is good for a longstanding cordial relationship between the chiefs and people of Tema and migrants who live in the metropolis, saying that since settling in Tema, the many non-natives have enjoyed great hospitality from the natives.
“Our businesses have flourished and we have had peace…some of us have intermarried,” he adds.
Mr. Twumasi refused to confirm or deny allegations that some Akans are unhappy about the nomination of Mr. Mensah Annang-La as MCE and are therefore scheming to get him rejected at a precondition vote by the General Assembly of the TMA.
Meanwhile, the Ga Adangme Moslem Council has welcomed the nomination of Felix Mensah Annang-La as MCE for Tema by the President.
Abdul Rahman Glover, an executive member of the council, expresses belief that Mr. Mensah Annang-La will bring his rich experience in the Maritime industry to bear on his duties as Mayor