We, the Asokwa Youth Association submit herewith, a petition against the candidature of Mr. Elliot Bannor, an aspirant for the Assistant Secretary position of the Asokwa Constituency branch of New Patriotic Party.

As you may be already aware, invoking curses for whatever reason, has been outlawed by the Otumfour Osei Tutu II, King of the Ashanti Kingdom. Notwithstanding the declaration by the Manhyia Palace, Mr. Bannor who doubles are an Assemblyman, and an “expected honorable person” was captured on video with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) premises cursing some of his colleague Assembly members.

Not only did this act disgrace the KMA, it also dragged the image of the NPP in the mud and made the party a subject of ridicule in the eyes of the ordinary Ghanaian. But most despicable was the disrespect and arrogance Mr. Bannor showed knowing very well that the Manhyia Palace had banned such irresponsible acts.

We have greeted with much appreciation the decision of the Constituency Vetting Committee and especially, their request that Mr. Bannor should revisit all the radio stations where he bluffed after raining the curses to retract and apologize for same. We are however petitioning the Disciplinary Committee of the Region to equally instruct him to visit and render an unqualified apology to the King and his Elders for disrespecting their orders.

As a party (NPP), we are firm advocates for the respect and honor of traditional leadership. This is inherent in the role and commitment that Traditional leaders like Nana Baffour Akoto played in the UP tradition. It may be interpreted as supporting the irresponsible action of Mr. Bannor if he doesn’t apologize to Manhyia in person. This act, if left hanging, may embolden other party functionaries to engage in same contrary to the dictates of the Manhyia Palace.

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In conclusion, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to the NPP and intimate our irredeemable respect for the Traditional leadership of the Region.

Thank you.

Nana Agyemang Baah

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