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The Paramount Chief of the Tong Traditional Area, Naa-Yab Tong-Lana Yakubu Andani has warned political party serial callers to refrain from bring the Dagbon chiefdom into their partisan politics.

He said the chieftaincy institution is clearly distinct from part politics and any attempts by party apparatchiks to drag chiefs into politics will not be tolerated.  

There have been lots of discussions on the refusal of Members of Parliament, the Regional Minister and other government appointees in the Dagbon Kingdom to attend the sitting of the Dagbon Traditional Council (DTC) meeting to launch the Dagbon Development Fund.

Members of the DTC, who expressed anger over the snub, said it is about the third time the politicians have brush-off their invitations. The chiefs said they consider the actions of the politicians as a gross disrespect to them. Some of the MPs and government appointees have since denied knowledge of any invites, leading to their supporters calling out the DTC on radio stations and other social media platforms.

But the Paramount Chief of the Tong Traditional Area Naa-Yab Tong-lana Yakubu Andani who was speaking on Zaa Radio on Tuesday, October, 05 2021, was unhappy that Dagombas, for political expediency will view matters of Dagbon development with political lenses.

“The serial callers of the political parties are trying to knock our heads with the MPs and I want to use this opportunity to tell them to refrain from drawing the chiefs into their partisan politics. Leave chieftaincy issues to chiefs and politics to politicians” Naa-Yab Tong-Lana warned

Naa-Yab Tong-Lana advised the MPs and other politicians who are representatives of the people to mend their ways and take Dagbon issues serious.

“The reason why we are not buying the MPs’ excuses that they didn’t receive any invitations is that, it’s their third time they refused to honor out invitation. That was why I personally raised the issue at the Traditional Council meeting. They are our children and we all as their constituents sent them to parliament. They don’t engage us on how they represent us and when we invite them to deliberate on the development of Dagbon too, they won’t come. Dagbon has 15 MPs and no one attended the sitting, why?” he queried.

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