Nkoranza has no substantive chief -Queenmother
Nana Adu Yaa Adudaa Kani II, Queenmother of Nkoranza in the Bono East Region, has expressed her disappointment in the reference to Nana Kwame Baffoe as the Paramount Chief of Nkoranza by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Techiman during his recent tour of the region.
Nana Kani II, emphasised that the citizens of Nkoranza had not yet enstooled any substantive Paramount Chief, and that anybody who carries himself and functions as such is an imposter.
She believes that either the President was misled by his handlers or had been misinformed, hence, the reference to Nana Kwame Baffoe as the Paramount Chief of Nkoranza at a durbar in Techiman recently.
The President was in the Bono East Region on a two-day working visit to the people and canvass for votes ahead of the elections in December this year.
Nana Ata Fosu Owusu Ababio, Nkoranza Asamanhene, and spokesperson of the Queenmother, explained at a press briefing that Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, who is the Overlord of Nkoranza, had not enstooled anybody as the Omanhene of the area, because the chieftaincy issue was still pending at the Techiman Circuit Court.
According to the Queenmother’s spokesman, the Asantehene had tasked his counsel, Obiri Boahen, to plead for an out of court settlement to enable him to meet the two parties for an amicable settlement.
Nana Owusu Ababio said the President’s public endorsement of Nana Kwame Baffoe as Paramount Chief at Techiman, came as a surprise while they were waiting on Otumfuo and the Queenmother to settle the case.
He stressed that in the late hours of the day, when addressing the people of Nkoranza at durbar to the cut sod for the construction of multi-purpose health facility, the President addressed the Ankobiahene, who is the Acting President of Nkoranza Traditional Council, Oheneba Agyei Baffoe, and the Queenmother, Nana YaaAdudaa Kani, which means that the President acknowledged that there was a Chieftaincy dispute at Nkoranza.
However, to their surprise, the President addressed Nana Kwame Baffoe as the Paramount Chief of Nkoranza in the evening of that fateful day, a situation the spokesman blamed on some elements in the town.
The Queenmother expressed her confidence in Otumfuo to get the matter settled, and pleaded with her supporters and followers to remain calm, while urging them not to resort to anything untoward, once Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had invited her to get the matter resolved amicably to avert violence and misunderstandings which would disrupt the prevailing peace in the town.