Misinformation on referendum disappointing – Hamdatu Ibrahim

Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim, the National Vice Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has expressed surprise and disappointment with the show of disagreement among the leadership of the National House of Chiefs on the December 17, 2019, referendum.

“The National House of Chiefs is a revered institution and should remain as such, I am surprised and disappointed the National House of Chiefs is coming out this way, they are a group of people who are revered, they shouldn’t have waded into this, it is total confusion which shouldn’t have come from chiefs,” she bemoaned.

Speaking on the sidelines of a public lecture on ‘The Importance of the referendum’, Hajia Ibrahim pointed out that “I’m sorry to say that, I am really surprised and disappointed with the chiefs in the way they handled the issue. Is it that, there was no consultation among them? The chiefs should stay at their palaces and make decisions and intervene to make peace on the way forward with the referendum.”

Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development is not enthused about the position by the National House of Chiefs and also took on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which is aggressively advocating for a ‘no’ vote.

“I think it is unfortunate for a person of good standing of the National House of Chiefs, on a matter like this, he could have gone to talk to the president to advise him, I don’t think it is the best mode to come out like that”.

“If you look at background the NDC has come out with at the press conference, they said there should be no vote. Within three days, this came out. It will look like the National House of Chiefs is toeing a certain line, the NDC has shown bad faith in its opposition to a yes vote in the upcoming referendum,” she lamented.

There is seeming division within the National House of Chiefs over the referendum on whether or not to allow political parties to sponsor candidates for local level elections,
while its President, Togbe Afede XIV and the Vice President, Daasebre Nana Kwebu Ewusi VII indicated the House was against the government’s position on the referendum some other members of the House wanted a yes vote since position of their president did not represent the collective view of the National House of Chiefs. -citinewsroom.com

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