The Krachiwura, Nana Norah Besemuna III, has cautioned persons campaigning for ‘No Vote’ in Friday’s referendum in the Oti enclave, to desist from their activities.
According to Nana Norah Besemuna, the Chiefs and the Joint Consultative Committee for the creation of the Oti region have picked intelligence that, campaigners against the creation of the new region, from Southern Volta, will be stepping up their activities in the enclave, an act he stated, the people of the area will not accept.
“We want to state here and now that we are resolved not to make this golden opportunity elude us. We would go all out to ensure that our long-held aspiration becomes a reality,” the Chief told journalists on Monday, December 24.
The Krachiwura, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Joint Consultative Committee for the creation of the Oti region, charged the youth of the Oti enclave to be on the lookout for such campaigners from the south and draw the attention of the chiefs and the law enforcement agencies, to take action against them.
He described the ‘No Vote Campaigners’ as troublemakers and detractors.
“If any anti-Oti campaigners choose to come into the enclave and attempt to destabilise the exercise, we cannot sit down and look on unconcerned. In such circumstances, we have every right to take all necessary steps to protect our legitimate interest,” he stated.
The Krachiwura also called all citizens from the area to participate actively in the referendum so as ensure a resounding endorsement for the new region.
Nana Mprah Besemuna III also made a passionate appeal to the security agencies to provide the necessary security presence to ensure that no one disrupts the referendum.
Political actors from both the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP), were also seen together campaigning for Oti creation and have also been speaking to the media on the sideline of the press conference by the Chiefs.
They are the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachie East, Wisdom Gidisu; former District Chief Executive (DCE), Peter Awuranye and current MP, Michael Gyato.
There was also MCE for Ho, John Nelson Akorli, who has also travelled to the area to solidarise with the people.