Togbe Dzegblade IV, Chief of Adaklu Kodzobi on Saturday stunned revellers at the Corn Festival, when before giving his welcome address, removed his sandals, knelt down and prayed for peace for the coming elections.
Members of the community, invited guests and onlookers all joined the chief in the prayers which lasted for about 10 minutes.
Adaklu-Kodzobi is a farming community on the fringes of the Ho Polytechnic which produces mainly corn.
In his address, Togbe Dzegblade said development without peace was meaningless, and as peace came from God it was expedient that “chiefs as custodians of the land turned to God for peace and also seek His intervention to elect for us a selfless and devoted leader who will have the welfare of the people at heart”.
Togbe Dzegblade appealed to politicians to be civil in their utterances and actions adding, “think of Ghana first before self”.
He appealed to chiefs in the Adaklu Traditional Area to do away with anything untoward that would draw the progress of the area back adding “posterity will never forgive us if we continue with our selfish interests to the detriment of the development of the area”.
Togbe Dzegblade appealed to the people to consider the education of their children as their prime objective, as it was the best legacy they could leave for them, which is also a means to eradicate poverty in the area.
He was full of praise for some Baptist Missionaries from the USA who were constructing a 20-seater water closet toilet for the community for which they had so far spent 12,000 Ghana cedis.
Concerning the electricity project for the community, Togbe Dzegblade said work had virtually been completed and that they were waiting for the Ministry of Energy to provide consumption metres.
He appealed to the Ministry to expedite action on it, as most students from Ho Polytechnic and workers were resident there.
Mrs Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho East, in a speech read on her behalf, appealed to the people not to be swayed by the lies being peddled by her detractors but vote massively for her to continue with the numerous projects she had initiated.
She promised to provide the community with 10 street lights from her share of the Common Fund.
Dr Samuel Buame, an independent candidate also promised the people four street lights.
Dr Komla Dzisi, Rector of Ho Polytechnic who chaired the function said the importance of education could not be overemphasised and appealed to pupils and students to avoid anything that would jeopardize their education and strive to reach the apex of the academic ladder.
An appeal for funds yielded over 1,800 Ghana cedis.