The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Youth Wing of the the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Constituency of the Western North region, has cautioned the National Executives of the party, the Chief of Staff, NPP Caucus leaders in Parliament, the national vetting committee of the NPP, the Vice President and the President, if they fail to seek the opinion of their Member of Parliament (MP) in the selection of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), they should be prepared to face the worse defeat in the 2024 general election in the Constituency.
They alleged that the Chief of the area, Omanhene Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi, is meddling in the affairs of the party in the constituency and the selection of the MCE.
This they noted that article 276, of the 1992 Constitution, states that Chiefs are barred from engaging in active politics, but that is not the case in Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Constituency.
In a press statement to the media, the NPP youth wing in the Constituency, explained that the Omanhene (Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi) is the one who wants to determine who becomes the MP and the MCE in our Constituency.
"This is the man who trace his root to NDC, in 1996, during the electioneering campaign, he barred President Kufour from entering his palace and went to the extent of charging the then constituency executives to provide six ram and schnapps to pacify his stool and the gods, simply because President Kufour went to his palace". They alleged.
The group, added that it was the former MP (Hon. Christopher Addae who brought the Omanhene Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi to NPP, but in the end he ended up undermining him.
"In 2016, he disgraced Hon. Christopher Addae in the presence of the then candidate Akufo Addo at his palace because of his nephew Hon. Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu.
"it will interest you to know that our Omanhene who we Revere and adore so much as the overlord of the land has now left his enviable position as the custodian of the land and culture and has now ventured into active politics by trying to determine who should become the MP and MCE of our constituency". They stated.
According the youth, in the run up to the NPP primary to select a candidate to represent the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Constituency, the Omanhene was actively involved, he led a committee of Chiefs to go run to campaign for his nephew Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu as against Alfred Obeng Boateng.
They added that after the primary, the Omanhene, who pride himself as a Blue blooded NPP member, ordered all his sub-chiefs in the Anhwiaso Traditional Area, not to allow the then NPP candidate (. Alfred Obeng Boateng) to campaign in their communities, those who dared allowed the candidate to campaign in their communities, were either distooled or expelled from going to his palace.
The NPP youth, reiterated that it took the intervention of the National and Regional Executives before the Omanhene, allowed candidate Alfred Obeng Boateng to campaign freely in his area of jurisdiction.
"Even with this the Omanhene was part of a syndicate made up of the former MP, the current MCE, some constituency executives who were preaching skirt and blouse against Hon. Alfred Obeng Boateng". They said.
The group also alleged that the Omanhene was heard openly heaping praises on the NDC candidate, Stephen Donkor as against the NPP candidate Alfred Obeng Boateng.
They pointed out that, the Chief is fighting so hard to make sure that the current MCE, who never campaigned for the party nor the MP, is retained.
The group, therefore threatened that, they would not allow anybody to go out and campaign in 2024.
They concluded that, failure to heed to their caution, the press conference will be followed with a mammoth demonstration next week.