The Omanhene of Sankore Traditional Area,Okogyeadee Yaw Adusei III has appealed to the people of Sankore to bury their political differences and unite for the rapid development of the area.
“We must not allow politics to divide us as a people for us to see ourselves as enemies, but we must rather unite and push the development agenda of the town” he stated.
Nana Adusei made the appeal when he interacted with newsmen at his palace at Sankore in the Asunafo South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Sankore, a cocoa growing area and also a food production centre, has gained notoriety as a result of violent clashes, especially between supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) before, during and after the 2008 general election.
The clashes between supporters of these two major political parties in the town in recent times did not only result in the burning of houses but also the death and maiming of some people.
It was against this background that the paramount chief decided to meet media personnel in the region as part of efforts to restore calm and bring the people together to quicken the pace of development.
Nana Adusei who sat in state with other members of the traditional council, also made a passionate appeal to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr George Yaw Boakye and the Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku to also shelve their differences and come together for the common good of the town.
“Now we have a deputy minister and an MP who are citizens of this town and this is the time for all of us as a people to rally behind them for progress and not to allow our political differences to halt the development process of our town and further give it a bad name,” he said.
Nana Adusei noted that Sankore witnessed similar political disturbances in the 1960s between the United Party (UP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) which forced many people to flee the town and therefore, ‘we as a people must not allow a recurence of such violence to destroy our town, otherwise posterity would not forgive us’.
The Snakier Omanhene debunked an assertion by a section of the media that he had taken sides in the recent disturbances in the town and had also banished some people from the town.
He, therefore, called on the media, especially radio stations to put a stop to fuelling rumours since the people of Snakier were determined now than ever to put the past behind them and unite for progress.
Nana Adusei urged those involved in the clashes to forgive one another for peace to prevail since without peace, development would not take place.
He also called for the arrest and prosecution of all who had committed crime during the disturbances so as to serve as a deterrent to others.