Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Eastern Regional Minister, has said concerns raised by some aggrieved supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) regarding the list of District Chief Executives (DCEs) announced by the Local Government Minister on Wednesday April 26, may be genuine but there, however, is the need to abide by the choices of President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, the President’s committee, headed by Peter Mc Manu, the NPP’s 2016 campaign manager, consulted widely on the appointments before settling on the final list, hence the list reflects the views of chiefs, opinion leaders, national, regional, and constituency executives of the party.
Any agitation whatsoever geared towards the announcement will be undermining the work of the entire party and, ultimately, the president, he said.
Some supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) went on rampage on Wednesday April 26 after the announcement of the list by the minister on behalf of the president.
Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Thursday April 27, Mr Darfour said: “The president, although has been mandated by the constitution to nominate the DCEs, cannot alone assess the individuals who submitted their names to be considered for the appointment, and so he formed a committee to handle that.
“The committee did wide consultation, they consulted chiefs, opinion leaders, and concerned citizens and all of these put together informed the final list that has been submitted by the President.
“Those agitating are expressing genuine political sentiments because in our political discourse the grassroots play a major role.
“They worked so hard to ensure victory for the party and so during some of these appointments they will want it to go their way. The concerns they have raised may be genuine and legitimate. However, we should all know that the president has the power to nominate just one person to occupy that office. We all have our preferences, but at the end of the day we need to support the decision of the president.”