Paramount chiefs of IMANI Ghana’s boss, Franklin Cudjoe’s hometowns, Lolobi and Akpafu Traditional Areas in the Oti Region have petitioned the Chief Justice (CJ). Their petition to CJ Kwasi Anin-Yeboah is to compel the highest court to hear a suit brought before them in September last year, over the creation of Oti Region.
The rulers said the suit filed on September 9, 2019, challenging the legality over the creation and subsequent “lumping” of the two traditional areas into the Oti Region had only remained on file and, was yet to receive a hearing by the court, a year after it was filed.
According to a joint statement issued by Nana Akoto Masakyi III, Paramount Chief of Lolobi Traditional Area and Nana Tetteh-Attu IV, Adontenhene of Akpafu Traditional Area said the suit pointed to the fact that the Commission of Inquiry set up to advise on the creation of new regions, acted in contravention of Article 5(2) of the 1992 Constitution, as the said communities did not and had never submitted petitions to the President demanding inclusion in a new region to be created.
It added that the creation of the region and subsequent delay of the court in hearing the challenging suit to bring finality to the case had provided “cover for all manner of ways and means maneuvers,” mostly futile; to subvert the legitimate aspirations and human rights of its people.
“We humbly and earnestly appeal to you (CJ) to impress on the Courts to give us a fair hearing and redeem our judicial process from being compromised for too long. We would not surrender our dignity, our heritage of peace and harmony and basic human rights as a people to ill-motivated adventurers who have no sense of history,” their statement further said.