The people of the Asogli State rolled out the red carpet amid the loud sounds of traditional drums and the rendition of songs of glory to welcome the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when he made a triumphant re-entry into Ho, on Saturday.
This comes 10 days after the Electoral Commission(EC) declared him winner of the 2016 presidential election.
This time, Nana Akufo-Addo was in the Volta Regional capital to congratulate the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, on his election as president of the National House of Chiefs.
The durbar, which was held at the forecourt of the Asogli Palace at Ho-Bankoe to honour Togbe Afede, erupted into a carnival when the President-elect turned up soon after 1pm, in the company of his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and other leading members of the NPP.
The mammoth crowd which had gathered at the venue well before noon, went into a state of frenzy with thunderous applause and deafening cheers.
The security personnel present had a hectic time restraining the crowd which surged forward as Nana Akufo-Addo exchanged greetings with the chiefs and queen mothers.
Outside the palace, NPP colours dominated the streets of Ho as traders took advantage of the celebration and Nana Akufo-Addo’s presence to do brisk business with NPP–branded hats and other party paraphernalia.
In a fraternal message, the President-elect re-assured the people of the Volta Region that his administration would work hand-in-hand with the chiefs to develop the area tremendously and improve the quality of life in an atmosphere of peace.
He also thanked the people of the region for the vast improvement in the votes that the NPP earned in the just-ended elections, saying “we will keep our side of the promises we made to you before the elections, and move ahead in unity.”
“We will continue to woo the Volta Region until we marry the bride,” said the president-elect.
Nana Akufo-Addo who started his speech in Ewe, switched to English and then to French for the sake of the delegation from the King of Notsie in Togo, Togbe Agokoli IV.
He said the fight against corruption would be one of the key priorities of his administration.
Donning a white smock and with broad smiles, the President-elect sought the support of all and sundry to uphold the rule of law at all times.
He stated that the peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted had enhanced the international image of Ghana.
“That image must be preserved and fostered with great zeal and enthusiasm by the entire citizenry”, Nana Addo added.
In his speech, Togbe Afede commended all Ghanaians, the EC and the security agencies for their contributions to the success of the elections, saying “this is victory for all of us, and let it inspire us to build a stronger and more united nation.”
He congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo on his election to the highest office of the land, and called for a more vigorous involvement of the traditional authorities in national affairs for a more rapid and effective realisation of the aspirations of the people.
The Agbogbomefia touched on Ghana’s natural resource endowment and said that “we have no reason to suffer underdevelopment and joblessness.”
In a speech read on his behalf, President John Dramani Mahama praised Togbe Afede for raising high the image of the chieftaincy institution in Ghana and the Volta Region, in particular.