Although the laws of the land prohibit traditional chiefs from overtly showing their support to political parties in Ghana, some have not been able to withstand the urge of being partisan. They shamelessly throw away their neutrality right before their subject and declare their support for politicians and their parties. Here are 8 of such chiefs.
1. Nana Kofi Drobo III
Nana Kofi Drobo III is the chief of Nwoase-Ahenkro, near Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region and he endorsed the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Nana Drobo told his people that although he was aware of the constitutional provision debarring chiefs from active politics, he had no option but to openly declare his support for Nana Akufo-Addo because of his free senior high school vision.
2. Nene Teye Boya III
Nene Teye Boya III, a divisional Chief at Nkurakan in Yilo Krobo has declared his support for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming 2016 general elections. According to the chief, the decision to site a university in the area coupled with other infrastructural developments is enough justification that the president has them as heart.
3. Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri
The Paramount Chief of Sunyani, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri promised President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress last year that the Brong Ahafo Region will vote massively for them. He said the President’s unprecedented achievement in Sunyani Township deserves 80 percent of vote in the 2016 elections as no government ever can match up with the performance of President Mahama.
4. Okoanadwo Afutu Dompreh II
The Chief of Adoagyir and the Ankobeahene of Akyim Kotoku Traditional Area, Okoanadwo Afutu Dompreh II pledged his support for New Patriotic Party’s Presidential Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ahead of the 2016 elections. According to Okoanadwo Afutu Dompreh II, his people will make sure Nana Addo and the current Member of Parliament, Frank Annor Dompreh, are voted for.
5. Zongo chiefs
Chiefs in the various Zongos in the Eastern region have declared support for President John Mahama ahead of the November Presidential and parliamentary elections. The over hundred chiefs from across the region made the declaration some time ago when they met with a delegation from the NDC in Koforidua.
6. Nana Osei Wusu
Nana Osei Wusu, the Sanaahene of Atebubu recently disclosed on Accra 100.5 FM that he is a supporter of the ruling NDC. This revelation was made when the chief was commenting on the violence that hit the party in Atebubu-Amantin somewhere in March.
7. Nayire Naa Bohugu Mahami Abdulai
A number of chiefs in the Northern Region endorsed President Mahama’s bid for the 2016 general election. Nayire Naa Bohugu Mahami Abdulai led the chiefs to make this declaration and even said prayers for President Mahama to retain the seat.
8. Nana Asiedu Agyemang III
Acting Kwahumanhene Nana Asiedu Agyemang III has also publicly declared his unflinching support for President Mahama. He revealed this when the president made a bid for a second term in office.