The chiefs of two traditional areas in Kintampo North have appealed to President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reappoint Mr Michael Sarkodie Baffoe, the incumbent Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) to maintain unity and peace for continuous socio-economic development.
In a petition to the President, they said successive governments had been appointing MCEs aligned to both traditional areas to create the spirit of inclusiveness and popular patronage.
“Mr Baffoe is a unique personality who traces his paternal lineage to Nkoranza, his maternal lineage to Mo/Dega and was born and bred in Kintampo Zongo. He is, therefore, a unique individual who deeply understands the culture, traditions, norms, languages and the psychology of the three different fraternities indicated above,” they noted.
The petition was signed by the representatives of the chiefs made up of Nana Effah Guakro II, Chief of Kyeremankoma, Kintampo and Kronkohene of Nkoranza Traditional Area, Nana Fanyinamah III and Nana Agyei Adinkra, Kurontirehene of Mo traditional Area, and issued at Kintampo.
The jurisdiction of the MCE, the petition said, covered the Mo/Dega and the Nkoranza traditional areas and settler groups in the Zongos and the Wangaras in Ghana.
It said the successes of governments were hinged on the efforts of their appointees in close collaboration with traditional authorities, adding that “Mr Baffoe during his first term created a strong sense of unity, recognition, peaceful co-existence and respect for the chieftaincy institution in the Municipality”.
It cited the resolution of the protracted conflict at Portor, a farming community in the Municipality, which took a heavy toll on the finances of the Municipal Assembly.
It said Mr Baffoe distinguished himself creditably in massive infrastructural development, where every sector of the Municipality received a touch, in diverse ways, of Mr Baffoe’s novel infrastructural interventions in sectors such as education, justice and security, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, employment and roads.
“The Chieftaincy institution in Kintampo bears ample witness to the promptness and integrity with which this government continues to redeem its campaign promises,” it said.
“Thus, the two traditional areas with the support of Nana Fanyinamah III and his subjects are of the view that for President Akufo-Addo to succeed in his second term, and thereby break the eight-year jinx, he should graciously re-appoint an experienced, obedient, appealing, courageous and dexterous personality like Mr Baffoe who began with the President and has had deep knowledge of the dynamics, workings and challenges of the Municipality”, the petition concluded.