A group calling itself the Concerned Group of Sefwi Kwamebikrom is demanding an unqualified apology from former President John Dramani Mahama for allegedly disrespecting a chief in the area during a durbar of chiefs.
The former President who visited the area as part of his four-day campaign tour of the Western North Region is said to have barred the chief from putting across the challenges confronting residents in the area.
“As part of John Mahama’s four-day visit to the Western North, he was scheduled to deliver a speech to the people of Sefwi Kwambikrom at exactly 3:10 pm. As such, the constituency executive organised a durbar and invited all sub-chiefs of Kwamebikrom, including the Odikro of the area, Nana Kwambi III.
“Typical of such functions, the traditional ruler of the area usually makes statements and puts the challenges or problems facing his people to the dignitaries present for assistance. But on this occasion, immediately the MC invited the chief to speak, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress quickly shut the chief down and prevented him from speaking. Mahama’s condescending attitude towards the chief did not go down well with the inhabitants of Sefwi Kwambikrom as they consider it as utter disrespect and disregard for their Chief,” the group said in a statement.
The group believes Mr. Mahama’s actions if not checked could “plunge the country into abyss one day.”
Akyem Sakawa tag
This development comes weeks after the former President came under intense pressure for reposting an opinion piece that tagged certain officials of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) as “Akyem Sakawa mafias” on his social media page.
A group known as the Okyeman Youth For Development staged a demonstration and subsequently threatened to stop Mahama from campaigning in any Akyem land if he refuses to apologise for the said comments.
Mr Mahama subsequently insisted that his decision to share the piece on his social media page was not tantamount to endorsing ethnocentric comments against the people of Akyem.