Former President, John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have an agenda to disgrace the overlord of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the kingdom, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako has claimed.
According to him, the agenda has existed for some time now and the party’s leadership have over the years taken various steps to realise this vision.
“NDC and John Mahama always have an agenda to disgrace the King (Otumfuo)…even his brother Ibrahim Mahama is involved…,” he claimed on Angel FM’s Angel in the Morning on Tuesday.
The outspoken Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) said further that a controversial statement attributed to then President John Mahama that Asantes never appreciate ‘anything good done for them by the NDC’ is enough evidence to back his claim.
“Was it John Mahama who claimed Asante’s will never appreciate the NDC even if he asphalts Kumasi roads with gold? He has always never respected the King and the people in Asanteman…,” he said.
Chairman Wontumi made these comments while reacting to claims by Chief of Staff under John Mahama that the former President was not compelled by Otumfou Osei Tutu II to accept defeat during the 2016 elections.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly said he played a major role in convincing former President, John Mahama to accept defeat in the 2016 elections.
“At the conclusion of the last presidential and parliamentary elections, the country stood on the edge of disaster. The United Nations representative and the diplomatic community were aghast and alarmed that Ghana was about to slip down the slope of the electoral violence….Fortunately, the moral authority of the palace was at hand. We were able to intervene to persuade the losing candidate to accept his fate and to fly both candidates for a quiet encounter to pave way for a smooth handover.”
Julius Debrah refuted Otumfuo’s assertion, claiming that the former President was never persuaded to concede defeat as was claimed by the Asantehene.
The statement by Julius Debrah, according to some residents in the Region is an insult to the reputation and authority of the Asantehene claiming further that it was a subtle way to describe the King as a liar.
Chief among the critics of Julius Debrah’s statement is the Chief of Agric Nzema, Nana Nkansah Boadu who believes the NDC is also seeking to bring the name of the King into disrepute and make him a subject of public ridicule.
The Chief of Agric-Nzema’s therefore sent a strong warning to the former President not to rope the Asantehene into their ‘dirty’ and ‘uncensored’ tribal politicking.
To him, if the NDC does not respect the dignity of Asanteman and its King, they should be bold to say it rather than hiding behind such trivialities, adding that ‘no power can bring Asanteman down’, and urged all in the kingdom to reject any move to bring disgrace to the golden stool.
Source: Ghana / Angelfmonlinegh.com / KWAKU NTI