Former Deputy Sports Minister, Joseph Yamin has described as ‘useless’ a comment from a known chief in the Asante Kingdom calling on the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop making comments that seek to portray the Asantehene, Otumfou Osei Tutu II as a ‘liar’.
The Chief of Agric-Nzema, Nana Boadu Ayeboafo in a statement cautioned former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC to be mindful of their commentary that connotes disrespect to the Asanteman and the King.
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.”
A Chief of Staff under John Mahama issued a statement and 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.
Reacting to this statement on Angel FM’s Morning Show on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Joseph Yamin who felt short of calling the chief a ‘liar’ urged him to stop making ‘useless statements ’ on the issue.
“I have seen another useless statement coming from Nana Nkansah Boadu, Agric Nzema chief also repeating this same statement by Wontumi…,” he said on the show.
Yamin who lost a bid to become the Regional Chairman of the NDC asked the chief to re-assess himself before commenting on a statement from the NDC.
“When NPP was all over insulting Otumfuo in Asante Kingdom, where was he? He (Agric Nzema chief) kept silent because it was coming from his political party…where was Nana Nkansah Boadu when NPP was busily vilifying the Asantehene?,” he queried.
When Host, Tanko asked him to withdraw the statement and apologise to the chief for making disparaging comments about him, Yamin insisted ‘I am only describing the statement as useless not the chief…I have not insulted the chief, I am only insulting the statement.’
He therefore called on Kwame Tanko to rather dissociate his platform, Angel in the Morning and Angel Broadcasting Network (ABN) from his assertion.
“You can disassociate yourself and your platform from the statement but I am saying that the statement put out by the chief is rather creating problem in the Asante Kingdom and very useless…,” he added.