This issue of chiefs endorsing political aspirants has become worrying to the National House of Chiefs.
As elections draw closer by the day, there have been so many endorsements of the Presidential aspirants both locally and internationally. Both President Mahama and flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo, have been endorsed by traditional chiefs across the country. This issue of chiefs endorsing political aspirants has become worrying to the National House of Chiefs.
The National House of Chief has warned chiefs across the country to desist from openly endorsing presidential candidates ahead of the elections. This ‘warning’ follows some endorsements received by flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo from some chiefs in the Eastern Region.
President of the National House of Chiefs, Prof. Naa Nabila, has condemned the move on the grounds that the practice violates the constitution. While Addressing journalists in Accra, he reiterated the section of the constitution which frowned against their participation in party politics. According to him, traditional chiefs do not support any particular political party.
It can be recalled that two chiefs in the Eastern Region pledged their support, as well as endorsed NPP’s flagbearer Nana Addo. They are Osabarima Agyeman Boasia II, chief of Boso, in the Asuogyaman constituency, and Osabarima Adugyei Gyamfi II, chief of the Akyem Akrofufu Traditional Area. The two chiefs reportedly gave their support to Nana Addo when he campaigned in the region recently.
But according to Prof Nabila, it is not ideal for chiefs to publicly declare their support for any party. Indeed, the chiefs cannot be compelled, but Prof Nabila has urged them to abide by the constitution, especially as the stability of the nation is at stake.
Like Nana Addo, President Mahama has also gotten a fair share of endorsements from traditional rulers. Prof Nabila’s plea might eventually change the way things are going at the moment. But we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.