The Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu, has condemned the meeting held in Accra between President John Dramani Mahama and some community chiefs from the Konkomba areas of the Northern Region.
The meeting was reportedly arranged at the instance of the Deputy Chief of Staff and former President of the Konkomba Youth Association, Kenneth Wujangi.
Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu alleged that President Mahama had realised how impossible it is for him to win the 2016 general elections, and has thus resorted to the possible use of the chiefs in the north, who are much revered by their subjects, to smartly woo their communities to rally behind him and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He was of the suspicion that the move by the President to meet those Konkomba chiefs was basically to entice them to influence their people to vote against the NPP and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the coming election.
Addressing a news conference at his residence in Tamale, Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu observed that the mode of invitation of the chiefs to Accra was a recipe for serious possible confusion and misunderstanding between those chiefs and their superior chiefs, or the overlords of their traditional areas.
Some of the invited chiefs, according to Mr. Bugri Naabu, include the Saboba Chief, Yankazia Chief-Unafebor, Sobiba Chief, Ugando Chief, Kpegu Chief, Nayili Chief, Kujoli Chief, Kunjul Chief and Napagu Chief. The rest are; Kpalba Chief, Kunani Chief, Ugbinbor, Nasuan Chief, Nasuk Chief, Gbintiri Chief and Bunbong Nayire Chief among others.
“I spoke with some of the chiefs, and they told me that they didn’t know that they were travelling. They were invited by the Saboba Chief, and when they got there, vehicles were already waiting for them, and that they were only told that John Mahama wants to meet them in Accra.
“And some of them told me that they did not even inform their subjects and their paramount chiefs, and that they know when they come back they will have problem with them.
“Some of the Konkombas they called are from the Mamprusi area, but they did not tell the Overlord of Mamprugu Traditional Area, and others are also from the Dagomba area, and they live together with the natives, and, again, no information was sent across.
“This makes it very dangerous for those chiefs, since it is a complete affront to their paramount chiefs, and if the overlords get to know about this , you are going to create problems for these