Nana Akufo-Addo's 'simpa panyin' comment in reference to President Mahama apparently has prompted criticism from Efutu Chiefs, to the extend that they're demanding "an unqualified apology" from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag-bearer.
The New Patriotic Party flag-bearer made these comments in reference to what he felt was President Mahama's failure to stop violent attacks on NPP supporters perpetuated by National Democratic Congress members.
Neeyi Otubua Sripi II, Tufohene of Efutu, explained that time had been given to Nana Akufo-Addo, enough to give him the opportunity to recant or withdraw his statement, something the NPP flag-bearer has declined to do.
“He has ignored the space and time we have given him to withdraw and retract the unfortunate statement. The people are a people of excellence. What we demand [in return for] our hospitality is respect and not derogatory remarks,” said Neeyi Otubua Sripi II.
The word simpa is an ancient reference to the people of Efutu, who were believed to have lived carefree lives, and therefore thought to have also lived irresponsible lives. And ever since, the word simpa has been used to refer to irresponsibility. Hence the derogatory connotations the chiefs of Efutu speak of.
In response, the Central Region Secretary of the party, Kwamina Duncan, says the NPP flag-bearer will not apologize nor recant his comments, prompting the chiefs to announce that should that be the case, they will rally their people to vote against the NPP come December 7th.