The traditional leader of the Akyem Abuakwa State, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has questioned President John Mahama’s commitment of meeting the regional balance in his appointment of Akyems in his government.
According to the Okyehene the president seems to be sidelining Akyems in his government; this he opines is depriving the Akyem state development.
"We don’t have anybody who speaks for us in this government today. We don't.
“Kwaku, (a known NDC member in the area) is a pure NDC member, but as he sits here, he is unemployed. If he had been given an appointment, I could go to him and ask for development for our community. But even he is unemployed. The prominent Akyem NDC member today, he is without a job. Let’s look at this critically. A person of Kwaku's calibre, why must he be sidelined by the president in his appointment?" he said at the Okyeman Congress at Bunso Saturday.
But the Eastern Region National Democratic Congress (NDC) has refuted the claims by the King of Akyem-Abuakwa, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.
They described the Okyehene’s pronouncements as unnecessary and ill-motivated.
“It seems Okyehene has lost sight of what the NDC has done in terms of appointment in JM's government. Mention the likes of the current Attorney General, she hails from Akwatia; Deputy Eastern Regional Minister is from Abirem; Nana Adusei Peasah, Tafohene and regional chairman of the lands commission; Victor Smith from Kukurantumi; Dr. Akyem Apea Kubi, former regional minister and currently a board member of ECG, from Akyem–Achiase; Ofosu Ampofo, board chairman of GHAPOHA among a number of them hail from Akyem," Bismark Tawiah Boateng NDC’s Eastern region chairman said.