THE Asokore Traditional Council in the Ashanti Region has declared its unflinching support for the Sekyere East District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Kwadwo Adae, in the midst of agitation by some youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Asokore Zongo for his dismissal.
At an emergency meeting of the Council, which was also attended by opinion leaders of the Asokore Zongo community, the council was of the opinion that the DCE had done nothing wrong to warrant his dismissal.
The meeting was called to hear the concerns of the party foot soldiers and how best the council leaders could help resolve them.
Nana Asare Ankomah Boamah III, the Krontihene of the area, who spoke on behalf of the council, indicated that Nananom were disturbed by the behaviour of the youth.
Last week Friday, a group of NDC youth from the Asokore Zongo hoisted a banner with the inscription, “We don’t want Kwasi Adae as DCE,” in the town and followed it up to the Regional Co-ordinating Council offices to present their petition to the Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu.
The group alleged that since assuming office, the DCE had done little to improve their living conditions.
Addressing the traditional council meeting, Nana Boamah advised the youth to eschew conflicts in the area and rather pursue developmental issues since the area was lagging behind in development.
He asked those involved in the agitation for the DCE’s removal to desist from their acts and rather rally behind him to pursue the numerous development projects initiated under his administration.
He noted that in the short period that Mr Adae had been in office, he had worked hard to ensure that communities like Akokoaso, Ahensan, Nkwankwaanua, Attakrom, Awahem and Brofoyedru would soon enjoy electricity.
Nana Boamah further indicated that through the instrumentality of the DCE, a 40 acrae land at Apemso near Asokore was being prepared to be used as industrial village.
The Krontihene stated that Asokore was one of the peaceful areas in the district and as such the traditional leaders would not sit down for the peace to be disturbed.
The Asokore Zongo Chief, Mohammed Murtaka, also expressed disgust about the behaviour of the few aggrieved youth of the NDC and promised to do everything within his authority to stop the feud between the youth and the DCE.
He said as chiefs, they did not dabble in party politics but stressed that they would not sit down unconcerned for political miscreants to disturb the peace of the area.
He said it was incumbent on residents of the area to support the political leaders of the area at any given period to deliver.
The meeting which started peacefully was nearly marred when five young men, who were alleged to have hoisted the banner in the town, entered the meeting grounds and dared anyone who would attempt to prevent them from undertaking their mission to get the DCE removed.
They alleged that the DCE, since assuming office, had not helped them to secure jobs, neither was he prepared to grant them audience whenever they requested so.
Their assertion was debunked by both the Chairman of the Asokore Zongo branch of the NDC, Mohammed Inuwa Hamza, and the Chief Imam of Asokore Zongo, Mallam Maju Tanko. For his part, the DCE denied all the allegations levelled against him by the youth.
He said it was unfortunate for a few party supporters to go that length in a bid to get him removed and stressed that he would always work to project the image of his party and district.
He said he would remain focused in pursuing the ‘Better Ghana’ agenda of the government.