Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Oti Boateng, has debunked reports suggesting he has endorsed President Mahama’s bid for a second term.
The reports began circulating after a publication captioned “Daasebre Oti Boateng endorses Mahama,” appeared on Ghanaweb news site. The Omanhene has said that such reports does not represent his position nor that of the New Juaben Traditional Council.
In a statement signed by Mr. Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo, special Assistant to Daasebre Oti Boateng, the Omanehene denied the supposed publication. The statement indicated that the Omanhene would not go against the tenet of the constitution which forbids chiefs from openly identifying with political parties or candidates in an election.
The statement indicated that the Omanhene will welcome any political leadership who has the mandate to govern the people. Part of the statement reads:
The New Juaben Traditional Council per our mandate and reputation welcomes and Support all shades of Political Leadership who have the mandate of the citizenry to govern this country.
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The Omanhene of the New Juaben also called for peace in the country throughout the electioneering period. He advised chiefs to ensure that their opinions regarding the election or political leadership are well-measured and devoid of emotions that could stir misunderstanding among the people.
Unlike the Omanhene, numerous traditional chiefs have publicly declared their support for different political contenders ahead of the election. President Mahama and the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo, are evident recipients of massive endorsements from traditional chiefs across the country.
The National House of Chiefs a few months ago, had warned traditional rulers to desist from publicly declaring support for any of the presidential aspirants ahead of the elections. However, the chiefs can only be advised and not compelled.