Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region has said it wants one Richard Panford to be appointed as the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the newly created Gomoa East District Assembly (GEDA).
Consequently, the Gomoa traditional council recommended to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through a letter to appoint Richard Panford as the DCE for the assembly.
The development, however, Today gathered, has not gone down well with members of the Gomoa East constituency executive committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
At a press conference held at Gomoa, and addressed by the Communications Officer of the NPP in the area, Mr. Joshua Nii Argo Narh, the party said that, any attempt by President Akufo-Addo to appoint Mr Panford as the DCE for the assembly would bring confusion and division in the party in the area.
He stated that the appointment of DCEs has always been based on academic qualification, competence, integrity, loyalty to the party in government as well as a good understanding of the socio-economic and political dynamics of the district among others.
Mr. Narh pointed out that, the NPP in the area “finds the Council’s choice of Mr Panford for DCE as a mere compensation to Dominase community”.
But Mr Narh said, “as a party and for that matter government, it usually has a rigorous process, to ensure that the best caliber of people are appointed.”
He indicated that the selection process for the DEC commenced about a month ago, which Mr Panford was among the six applicants, who was interviewed for the position.
He therefore said, it was unfortunate for the traditional council to single out Mr. Panford as their choice, “simply because he is a native of Dominase.
He contended that an applicant’s hometown within a district is a trivial consideration in the appointment of DCE, adding that “One does not need to hail from the district capital or outside it, to qualify.”
“As a political party and government desirous of retaining and maintaining our seat in the 2020 elections, we have a vested interest in this whole exercise and wish to make every possible political capital that the creation of this new assembly brings.
“…we are therefore, also interested in getting someone who would help us better implement the vision of our party and government, and not necessarily to appease a few individuals”, he explained.
To this end, Mr. Narh appealed to the Central Regional Executives of the NPP, National Executives, the Presidency, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and all stakeholders in the selection process, never to allow the said recommendation letter by the council to stampede the selection process.
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