The presidential nominee of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has said he has no intentions of witch-hunting Andani chiefs should he win the December polls to become president.

Mr Akufo-Addo made the promise on Monday when he paid courtesy calls on the Regent of Dagbon, Kampukuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani at his palace in Yendi, and also the Regent of the Abudu royals, Boling-Lana Abdulai Mahamadu at his palace in Yendi.

The visit was in the spirit of Dagbon’s reconciliation and unity efforts. The two royal families have had intermittent feuds over the Dagbon skin following the murder of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II more than a decade ago.

At the Gbewaa palace, Nana Akufo-Addo told the Kampakuya-Naa Andani Yakubu Abbdulai and the Andani royal family that: “I used to come here and was warmly received by your father. Unfortunately, there seem to develop some kind of gap between my party, myself and him and the people of Yendi. The time has come to close that gap in the interest of all of us and the interest of development of our country,” Nana Addo pleaded”.

He allayed fears that he would go on a destooling spree of some Andani chiefs should he become president. “Some of my political opponents have been going around Dagbon to say that when, by the grace of God I come, I am going to be destooling chiefs; 31 chiefs. I am not involved in traditional matters of Dagbon. Chieftaincy is not my business; my business is Ghana and ruling Ghana and making sure that Ghana moves forward.”

“In the affairs of my own palace, the Akyem palace in Kyebi, I’m not involved, how do I come here in Dagbon and get myself in the affairs of the Dagbon affairs?” the three-time flagbearer said, adding: “The region, the Andani people, the people of Dagbon have nothing to fear about Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo”.

Nana Akufo-Addo also pleaded with the Andani royal family to let bygones be bygones and join forces with the NPP to bring change.

He was in the Northern region with his running mate, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, a former minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, the party’s National Women’s Organiser, Otiko Afisa Djabah, Ablekuma West MP Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, a former Northern Regional Minister, Prince Imoro Andani, the party’s National Nasara Coordinator, Kamaldeen Abdulai, his spokesperson, Mustapha Hamid, campaign Aide, Iddrisu Musah Superior and all regional executives led by regional chairman Daniel Bugri Naabu.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM


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