Three chiefs have openly declared their support for and initiated moves to campaign for the Convention People's Party (CPP) to win the December polls at separate occasions and venues.
They are Nana Asare Brempong II, the Chief of Wassa Atobease in the Mporhor Wassa East Constituency in the Western Region, Togbega Gabusu VI, the Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area in Hohoe, in the Volta Region, and Nana Amanoo II, the Chief of Puase Cement, in the Akan Constituency in the Volta Region.
At separate occasions and venues, the three traditional rulers claimed that their reason for pledging their support for the CPP was based on the good works of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of the Ghana and founder of the CPP, as well as the vigorous and decent manner Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, the party's presidential candidate was conducting his campaign.
The first to make the pledge was Nana Brempong, when Dr Nduom campaigned and introduced the party's parliamentary candidate for the area, Madam Mary Ankomah.
Nana Brempong said Dr Nduom was able to influence the presentation of high tension electricity polls to the area during his tenure as the Minister of Energy in the current administration.
“Dr Nduom promised us poles when he was a minister and true to his word, he delivered,” he said this at a market where the occasion took place and added “clap for Mary to signify that you will vote for her”.
Nana Brempong said he believed that Dr Nduom and the CPP parliamentary candidate for the area would be able to continue with the good works that Dr Nkrumah could not finish.
For his part, Nana Amanoo II told the people that it was the CPP that fought for the independence of Ghana and brought it out of colonialism.
He said the CPP was the best thing that had happened to Ghana, and urged his subjects to vote for the CPP to form the next government.
Togbega Gabusu, who said he was a Young Pioneer during the First Republic, said the Hohoe area belonged to the CPP until the CPP was banned.
He said the CPP was not a party that used discriminatory and abusive language against its opponents during its campaigns, and this must be commended. He described the CPP's campaign as “a remarkable one”
He said although the CPP presidential candidate had not been able to come to campaign in the area, the parliamentary candidate, Paul Robert Brikuh Addo, who was also very disciplined, had been able to convince some people to join the CPP fold.
“My people have been asking that, to show to you the more that they need your T-shirt, but you have denied them. But I know before you leave here, you will leave a sizeable quantity for us to display to the world that 'Edwumawura' is in the system, and that they should be convinced to vote for you”.
During his tour of the Volta Region, Dr Nduom visited many communities within Buem, Akan, Hohoe North and North Dayi, where party supporters came out in their numbers at the various meetings and rallies.
Dr Nduom introduced the CPP parliamentary candidates, including Mr Kwabena Osei Boahene for Buem; Mr Rashid Alao for Akan; Mr Paul Robert Addo for Hohoe North and Mr Nelson Brikuh Yesutor for North Dayi.
At all these areas, Dr Nduom reiterated the party's resolve not to support any other political party during a run-off.
According to him, the party members were tired of supporting others to win election, and that the 2008 elections were for the CPP.
Story By Donald Ato Dapatem, Hohoe