Nana Ansah Adu Baah II, Chief of the Yamfo Traditional Area, in the Tano North constituency, says the current economic hardships and difficulties confronting his people require nothing short of a change of government in this year’s elections.
Re-echoing the sentiments of his linguist, Nana Badu, who prayed to the gods for a change in government, Nana Ansah Adu Baah II stated that “we have suffered too much in this country and we need change. I am a Chief and I don’t engage in partisan politics. However, I will never ‘spoil’ my vote.”
According to the Yamfo Chief, “If you live in a country and you’re suffering, be minded by what our father, President Kufuor, said sometime back which was ‘take a look at the circumstances of your life and vote wisely. Over the last few years, we have seen those who are in politics to help us and those who are in for their own selfish, parochial interests.”
Nana Ansah Adu Baah II made this known when the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Yamfo, on Friday, July 8, 2016.
The Chief of Yamfo bemoaned the situation in Ghana where anytime policies and programmes are outilined by a particular political party and parliamentary candidate, the chorus that follows this is “it cannot be done” and “it is impossible”, only for some to turn around and try to implement it.
Additionally, he noted that “because of politics, some who don’t even know Nana Akufo-Addo have demonised and bastardised him. That is what hurts me. Do not be perturbed by this. God will fight your battles for you and has already ordained you to lead this country.”
Ahead of this year’s elections, Nana Ansah Adu Baah II stressed that “we are going to vote and elect someone who is coming to help Ghana. As I sit here I am suffering, my people are suffering. If you want to kill me because of what I have just said, go ahead.
“What matters is how Ghana moves forward. We need to elect someone who has Ghana at heart and will work for the benefit of successive generations, so that Ghanaians will know that the country, which was once in a deplorable state, only moved forward under the able leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo.”
He urged NPP supporters to emulate the leadership style and patience of the NPP flagbearer in their discourse with opponents, indicating that “this is the only way by which others who don’t belong to your political party can be brought in.”
To Nana Akufo-Addo, Nana Ansah Adu Baah II appealed to him not to “forget the people of Yamfo when you win the elections. We have no jobs here, except engaging in agriculture. In the 1970s, Yamfo was the leading producer of cocoa in Ghana. We have an abundance of food stuffs and we want to add value to them.”
He continued, “If we do not adhere to your vision of ‘1-District-1-Factory’, very soon all the young people will migrate to the city centres in search of non-existent jobs.”