Nana Addo visits Dagbon in the long-borne spirit of reconciliation and unity. And guess what? He records such a tremendous success that will make history!
Flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo paid a remarkable visit to the Regent of Dagbon, Kampukuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani Monday, at his palace in Yendi. Nana Addo’s visit specifically aimed at Dagbon’s reconciliation and unity.
Nana Addo visits Dagbon, precisely, the Gbewaa Palace in a bid to re-establish cordial relationship with the Andani residents after the murder of Ya- Naa Yakubu Andani II, the Overlord of Dagbon.
Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II with some 40 sub-chiefs were reportedly killed in a chieftaincy clash between the Andani and the Abudu gates in Dagbon in May 2002 over who has the right to occupy the Gbewaa Palace.
The Andani clan has since haboured grudges that the assassination which happened during the NPP regime was masterminded and carried out with a massive support from the party.
However, the NPP Presidential candidate who has always had he burning desire to unite the traditional rulers and the entire people of Dagbon also extended the courtesy call to the Regent of the Abudu Royals, Boling-Lana Abdulai Mahamadu at his palace in Yendi.
It was in the spirit of this historic visit that many of the chiefs and royals from the two opposing traditional sides interchanged visits. Something they’ve never done since the outbreak of the conflict. Reports from citifmonline.com has it that they accompanied Nana Addo’s team to both palaces amid drumming and dancing.
Addressing the mammoth crowd that gathered during the visit, Nana Addo dismissed earlier rumours emanating from his political opponents, who claim that he is taking sides with the Abudu Royals in Dagbon.
He once again, called for total reconciliation and unity in the Dagbon Kingdom; assuring them that he is not at all interested in interfering in the Dagbon Chieftaincy Institution. He made this plea to the Andanis, while reminding them that the return of peace would as well restore the initial vibrant nature of the kingdom.
Nana Addo assured the people that he is going to be ‘a father for all’ in Ghana who will help the Dagbon people to get united again, and also be re-integrated into the country.
Encouraging the people to vote massively for him, he reminded them that he has the capacity to fix the nation’s economy, and that he never makes campaign promises which he will not fulfill. He also reiterated his ‘one factory per district policy’.
The Regent of Dagbon, Naa Yakubu Andani on his own part, appealed for a decent political campaign in preparation of the upcoming elections. He discouraged the use of abusive and unrestrained language by political opponents. He also called on all political stakeholders to play their parts effectively to ensure that peace is sustained before, during and after the elections.