Credible information reaching Today indicates a raging anger among the chiefs and youth of La in the La Dadekotopon Municipality in the Greater Accra region over what they say is the persistent show of disrespect and snub by President John Dramani Mahama.
The chief’s anger, this paper understands, stems from the president’s failure to pay a courtesy call on the Overlord of La, Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III, and his elders, whenever the president visited the community.
What appears to have broken the camel’s back was the latest snub the chiefs suffered when President Dramani Mahama held his regional rally at the La Trade Fair Centre on Monday, November 16, 2015, to canvass for votes ahead of the presidential and parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Sources at the La Mantse palace told Today that an emissary of the president last Sunday, November 15, 2015, informed Nii Kpobi Tetteh Tsuru and the La Traditional Council about the impending visit of President Dramani Mahama to the community for a rally there.
The emissary said to be an NDC kingpin from Greater Accra reportedly told the chiefs that in line with convention, the president would pay a courtesy call on them at the palace before he heads for the rally grounds.
“So our elders quickly started to organise to put the palace in shape and the National Security came to ensure everything was in order,” the source revealed and said on the appointed day and time, the chiefs in their full traditional regalia sat in state at the palace awaiting the president’s arrival but to no avail.
“It came as a surprise to the chiefs when they learnt that President Dramani Mahama had instead gone to the Trade Fair Centre to address the rally and afterwards left the venue for the Flagstaff House,” the bemused source further disclosed.
The source said the chiefs after the courtesy call fiasco vowed never to receive the president in La again until he renders an unqualified apology “for the disrespect,” he had exhibited.
The palace source said the chiefs felt insulted because that was the third time President Dramani Mahama had snubbed them.
“ President Dramani Mahama, then the running mate to candidate Atta Mills during a campaign visit to La, did not call on the La Mantse even though the chief and his elders had been informed he would come to the palace,” the source recounted.
The second snub, the source added, happened when President Dramani Mahama took his ‘thank you tour’ to the Greater Accra region after the state funeral for the late President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
On this visit, “the president ignored the La Palace though the event took place in La at the Trade Fair site,” the source stated and said, “it has happened thrice, we will not tolerate it the fourth time.”
Also speaking to Today, the Country Coordinator for La Citizens’ Network, Nii Yemo-Yemofio, corroborated the narration of our palace source and said the youth of La were not pleased with the president over the matter.
He expressed shock at the turn of events and wondered about the sudden change in the president’s itinerary.
“I think state protocol and the president must take us serious,” he said.
He alleged that the president did not show such disrespect to chiefs in the other regions when he visited those areas.
“He called on the Chiefs in the North, why is he ignoring our chiefs?” Nii Yemo-Yemofio quizzed.
Consequently, he called on President Dramani Mahama to apologise to the chiefs and people of La.
Meanwhile, Today understands that some NDC gurus, led by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, together with the La Dadekotopon Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Madam Rita Sowah, yesterday morning called on the La Mantse and the La Traditional Council members during which meeting the NDC entourage rendered an unqualified apology on the president’s behalf.
At the time of filing this report the NDC capos had barely left the palace.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/ NAPO ALI FUSEINI