…As the King openly campaigns for a Ga indigene to be elected as Sub-Metro Chairman
It appears that the Akan supremacist vibes that keep emanating from the Akufo-Addo government have inspired a reprisal in Tema, where the King of the Traditional Council, Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku ll, has openly rallied for a Ga indigene of Tema in an election.
First round of polls to elect a sub-metro Chairman for Tema East last Tuesday ended in constipation, necessitating a postponement for a second round in two weeks’ time.
However, before the vote would be held, the Tema Mantse had openly called on assembly members of the Harbour City to vote for one of the two candidates simply because he is a Ga.
According to the king, it would be more befitting for Ashitey Lateh Gallas to be voted sub-metro Chairman, rather than Eric Kojo Twumasi, alias Worgor, because Mr. Gallas is a Tema indigene, while Mr. Twumasi is a ‘stranger’ of Akyem extraction.
In a campaign at Tema New Town, where the election had taken place, Nii Kraku ll reasoned that Ga indigenes would do well to vote a fellow kinsman into office because in so doing they would be helping reduce lop-sided demographics of Tema, which puts indigenous Gas in disadvantage.
He said non-indigenes from other parts of the country who have settled in Tema are dominating trade and other forms of livelihood in the area and that it is in the interests of indigenes to assert themselves.
Nii Adjei Kraku said voting for Ashitey Larteh Gallas to become Sub-Metro Chair would be a great starting point for the indigenes to assert themselves and appealed to the non-indigenous Assembly members to also vote for the indigene to take the chair.
The campaign has since instigated awkwardness in Tema because of its ethnocentric tone, but sources are saying that the Tema Mantse has been driven to that unwholesomeness by ethnocentric posturing from within the Akufo-Addo government.
When contacted on phone, Torgbui Datsomor Adelashie II, the Ewe Chief of Tema, told this reporter that no chief in Anlo, Akyem or Gonja land will support a stranger against an indigene in an election, and that the Tema Mantse did nothing wrong to be characterized as bad.
“After all, the constitution guarantees freedom of speech, including what to eat and drink. Critics should leave Tema Mantse alone,” Torgbui said.
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, for instance, is on record to have declared in a meeting of NPP elders in the Eastern Region that only Akans deserve to rule Ghana because the preponderant quantity of Ghana’s natural resources is in Akan lands.
Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications, in 2011, insulted Gas in Odododiodioo as people who have sold out all their lands to strangers and therefore have no right to make any place in the capital region, off limits to anybody.
The ruling party’s Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, declared mass murder against Gas and Ewes in the Ashanti Region in 2012, while Majority Leader, Osei Kyei- Mensah-Bonsu, had declared in an interview on radio that no Ga was high profile enough to be Running Mate to then Candidate Akufo-Addo of the NPP in 2012.
However, it is not only Gas that have been dealt ethnocentric disrespect by the ruling NPP, whose leader, President Akufo-Addo himself, is on record to have declared the NPP as a bonafide Akan heirloom – Ewes have been told that they vote mechanically, while Fantes have been called fools.
Just last week, Northerners who have perhaps borne the brunt of ethnocentric disparagement at the hands of the ruling party were yet again described as liars and cantankerous people by a deputy Minister for Agriculture, who has since been forced to resign.
“You see, we have sat down for too long to allow some ethnic group which believes in a phantom superiority over all of us to have its way for too long, and the Tema Mantse has had enough of the insult,” a source said.
It said the open campaign against Eric Kojo Twumasi, an Akyem kinsman of President Akufo-Addo’s, was aimed to give the Akyems a taste of their own ethnocentric medicine.
In the Tuesday election for the Chairman for the Tema East Sub- Metro, Mr. Twumasi, alias Worgor, Assembly Member for Harbour Electoral Area, had managed to pull parity with Ashitey Larteh Gallas, a government appointee.
The two candidates had polled 10 votes each.
The result has since kicked the election into a second round that has been scheduled for a fortnight’s time.
At the election which came on at Tema New Town last Tuesday, dignitaries in attendance had included the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashietey; the Mayor of Tema, Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, and the commanders for the Police and Navy respectively.
Following the parity pulled by the two candidates, the Electoral Commission’s official who supervised the election postponed polling to a later date – two weeks’ time, as required by law.
It is believed that in the buildup to the rerun, Nii Adjei Kraku ll and the Tema Traditional Council will lobby for votes for Ashitey Larteh Gallas, the Ga indigene.
Information has it that the hardworking member of parliament for the area, who doubles as the Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, who just returned from Canada, has decided to maintain his neutrality.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Stan Adotey