There has been a desperate appeal for calm among Ghanaians, after the government released the list of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) last Sunday.
The Coalition of MMDCE Aspirants (COMAS) which is leading this campaign is also calling on individuals particularly members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to bury their differences and support persons nominated by the President, to serve in the various local assemblies.
“Many party faithfuls showed interest and sought to be appointed by the President as MMDCEs. All over the country, we have party people like chairmen, secretaries, organizers, and other key party personalities who were interested in catching the president’s eye. However it is quite obvious that the President can only appoint one person for this position”, President of COMAS said while addressing the press in Kumasi.
Breaking the 8 Mantra
The call comes amid widespread agitation in parts of the country after the list of MMDCE nominees were released.
Some NPP sympathizers have threatened to boycott all party activities in protest against the President’s nominees. But the president of COMAS says such actions could jeopardize the party’s fortunes ahead of the 2024 general elections.
“We are therefore calling on all our brothers and sisters all over the 16 regions of Ghana to exercise restraint and respect the appointment made by the president and accept it in good fate. We are also appealing to our honourable members in the various assemblies to put the interest of Ghana first and endorse the president’s appointees to avoid any unnecessary delay in the local government administration.
“It will take hard work, unity and sacrifice to achieving this [Breaking the Eight] mantra… We have a goal to achieve and the central goal is to build our nation and give hope to our people…”, Oberempong added.
Nominations in Ashanti Region
For months, residents within the Kumasi Metropolis waited with bated breath for the announcement of the next mayor for the Kumasi.
Nine persons including the then incumbent, Osei Assibey Antwi indicated their willingness to take up the position.
The others included former Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso, Kennedy Kankam, former MP for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwa, KMA Urban roads’ director, Ing Nana Atta Poku, former Chief Executive of Public Sector Reforms, Thomas Kusi Boafo among others.
Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi later withdrew from the race.
He has now been appointed as the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme.
In the Ashanti Region, some of the key nominees for various municipal and district assembly positions include; former MP for Nhyiaeso, Kennedy Kankam for the Asokore Mampong municipality, Kingsley Osei for Ejura-Sekyedumase, presiding member for Suame municipality Maxwell Ofosu Boakye as Suame MCE, Hamidu Sulemana for Sekyere Afram Plains, Lord Inusah Lansah for old Tafo municipality among other persons.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH