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16.10.2008 NDC News

Chief warns against NDC

By The Statesman

Nana Adarkwah Yiadom II, Paramount chief of Gyapa in the Wassa traditional area has warned Ghanaians against voting the NDC back to power.

He said the human rights abuses that were experienced in the P\NDC era under former President Rawlings by innocent citizens including chiefs, must not be allowed to happen again.

 The peaceful atmosphere prevailing under the NPP government was the best thing to have happened in the history of Ghana, he adds.

Nana Adarkwah Yiadom II sounded this word of caution when the NPP flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo and his campaign team, including Osafo-Maafo, Alan Kyerematen, Boakye Agyarko, Kwabena Agyapong, Paapa Owusu Ankomah, Angelina Baiden Amisssah and party Chairman, Peter Mac Manu among others, called on Kasapreko Kwame Bassayin, Paramount Chief of the Wassa Akropong area.

As a victim of torture and severe human rights abuses during the PNDC era himself, Nana testified that he was severely brutalised by allies of the then administration for speaking out against the excesses of the "revolution.'

Such practices had never happened during the era of the NPP administration. 'Ghanaians', Nana said, 'now have the right to speak their minds on any issue of national importance.

Some Ghanaians even insult the President in public and go Scot free without anyone questioning or intimidating them', he said.

The chief appealed to Ghanaians to vote massively for the NPP in this year's elections to enable Nana Akufo-Addo to continue with the good works started under President Kufuor.

Even though the constitution bans chiefs from participating in active party politics, Nana Yiadom explained that his decision to endorse the NPP in this year"s elections was to seek the right thing for the county and to avert the return of human right abuses.

Earlier, Nana Akufo-Addo in a speech, said that he had come to introduce himself as the flagbearer of the NPP and to showcase the achievements of the NPP in a bid to win this year's elections.

Nana Basayin called for unity among all Ghanaians and prayed that the peaceful atmosphere that had prevailed over the past seven years should continue.