Date published: December 17, 2013
From Richard Attenkah, Appolonia
Joseph Akuerteh Tettey, Secretary to the Appolonia Stool has stated that the Appolonia village needs peace and unity to develop, an agenda the chief, Nii Tei Adumoah II and his elders are vigorously pursuing.
According to him, it is unfortunate that a group of persons in the area are working against the peace and development that the chief and his elders are effectively pushing to achieve.
He has, therefore, called on the general public to ignore all such persons whose main intentions are to stir trouble in the area and to disturb the peace, which is currently, is being enjoyed by the people in the community.
Mr. Akuerteh Tettey was speaking at a durbar held in honour of Nii Tei Adumoah II at Appolonia on Sunday. He called on natives of the area to ignore recent publications in a section of the media that a new regent of Appolonia has been installed by a group of people who claim they are kingmakers of Appolonia, to run the day-to-day affairs of the community.
The Appolonia Stool Secretary explained that the alleged regent, one Iddirisu Tettey Mansro has no royal lineage as far as Appolonia is concerned for him to lay claim to the position he has been elevated to.
'None of his relatives, right from his grandfather down to his father has ever occupied any traditional position in Appolonia to earn him the privilege to ascend the high office of Regent of Appolonia.
'His father, Alhaji Tettey-Kwao, was only invited to serve as an elder of the state/stool. Again, the personalities involved have no jurisdiction or royal capacity in the area to perform the traditional rites for the so-called regent. What took place is a breach of tradition, illegal and unlawful.
'We, the elders of Kpone Appolonia regard the ceremony as an insult to our people; especially for such a ceremony to be conceived, and to take place outside the traditional area, even to the extent of pouring libation on a strange land', he stated.
As regards the allegations that the chief of Appolonia, Nii Tei Adumoah II is sick and bedridden, Mr. Akuerteh Tettey hinted that even though the chief is old, he is doing well. He continued that about a year ago, when elders of Appolonia realized that the chief was getting old, they appointed a caretaker, one Numo Elisha Narteh Dortey, who is the head of Kojo We and a retired teacher to assist him.
'The caretaker chief's role was to help the chief in his day-to-day administration of the town and he has been discharging his duties diligently to the admiration of all. Iddirisu Tettey Mansro and his group are fully aware of this', he noted.
He further called on the general public to dismiss the news of the purported installation of a new regent for Appolonia, saying the information is false and misleading.
He said the chief and elders of the Appolonia stool have condemned the issue of the installation of a new regent for Appolonia unequivocally and treat it with all the contempt it deserves.
Mr. Akuerteh Tettey called on the general public not to transact any business with the alleged regent, in the name of Appolonia, saying whoever does that does so, does it at his or her own risk, because he is not known and recognized in Appolonia as a regent.