The chief of Yamfo Traditional Area in the Tano North constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Nana Ansah Adu Baah II has said his critics should go ahead and “kill him” if they so wish, for his decision to choose opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo over President John Mahama and also for saying Ghanaians are suffering, thus, the need to vote for change in the 2016 polls.
“We are going to vote and elect someone, who is coming to help Ghana. As I sit here, I am suffering, my people are suffering. If you want to kill me because of what I have just said, go ahead. What matters is how Ghana moves forward.
“We need to elect someone, who has Ghana at heart and will work for the benefit of successive generations, so that Ghanaians will know that the country, which was once in a deplorable state, only moved forward under the able leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo,” Nana Ansah Adu Baah II said on Friday, July 8, 2016, when the New Patriotic Party flagbearer paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Yamfo.
Nana Ansah Adu Baah II said the current economic hardships and difficulties confronting his people require nothing short of a change of government in this year’s elections.
Re-echoing the sentiments of his linguist, Nana Badu, who prayed to the gods for a change in government, Nana Ansah Adu Baah II stated that: “We have suffered too much in this country and we need change. I am a chief and I don’t engage in partisan politics. However, I will never ‘spoil’ my vote. If you live in a country and you’re suffering, be minded by what our father, President Kufuor, said sometime back, which was: ‘Take a look at the circumstances of your life and vote wisely. Over the last few years, we have seen those, who are in politics to help us and those, who are in for their own selfish, parochial interests.”
The chief of Yamfo bemoaned the situation in Ghana where anytime policies and programmes are outlined by a particular political party and parliamentary candidate, the chorus that follows is: “It cannot be done”, and “it is impossible”, only for some to turn around and try to implement it.
Additionally, he noted that: “Because of politics, some, who don’t even know Nana Akufo-Addo, have demonised and bastardised him. That is what hurts me. Do not be perturbed by this. God will fight your battles for you [Nana Akufo-Addo] and has already ordained you to lead this country.”
The chief urged NPP supporters to emulate the leadership style and patience of the NPP flagbearer in their discourse with opponents, indicating that: “This is the only way by which others, who don’t belong to your political party, can be brought in.”
Nana Ansah Adu Baah II appealed to Nana Akufo-Addo not to forget the people of Yamfo when he wins the elections. “We have no jobs here, except engaging in agriculture. In the 1970s, Yamfo was the leading producer of cocoa in Ghana. We have an abundance of foodstuffs and we want to add value to them. If we do not adhere to your vision of ‘1-District-1-Factory’, very soon, all the young people will migrate to the cities in search of non-existent jobs.”