The main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be banned from operating in the Akyem Abuakwa kingdom if the National Executives fail to go and pacify the chiefs of the area, the Traditional Council has warned.
The issuance of the warning follows what the Traditional Council described as a deliberate effort to denigrate the office of Okyenhene and the people of Akyem Abuakwa in general.
The warning was issued after a mammoth demonstration held at the seat of Akyem Abuakwa, Kyebi by the Traditional Council and the residents to protest comments deemed derogatory against the paramount chief by the party’s Ashanti Region Secretary.
Addressing the demonstration on Monday to express disquiet about the said disparaging statement, Secretary of the Council, Daniel Marfo Ofori-Atta said: “a ritual pacification must be performed by the party to appease His Majesty the Okyenhene.”
The NDC party, he insisted will not be accorded “any future request for clemency and redemption of their customary transgressions if they fail” to accede to this demand.
“If they fail to heed, the National Democratic Congress, its Ward Executives, Branch, Constituency, Regional and National Executives will be banned from all official functions organized under the auspices of the Ofori Panin Stool and shall be declared persona non grata in all palaces of the over 940 towns, villages and settlements in Akyem Abuakwa,” he warned.
The demonstrators who were kinsmen of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo accused the NDC of being fond of seizing every available opportunity to cast aspersions at the Okyenhene, Amoatia Ofori Panin II.
“NDC, your filth won’t stick”; “Zu of NDC, you are a disgrace”; NDC, you can’t divide Ghana”; “This nonsense from NDC must stop”; “NDC koraa what has Okyenhene and Kyebi done to you?”; “NDC, leave Kyebi alone”; “Shameless NDC”; were the inscriptions on some of the placards.
Others included “NDC and Zu, Okyeman has rejected you”, “NDC, you won’t get away this time”.
The demonstration was organised to protest a comment by the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Kwame Zu that, but for former president John Dramani Mahama, the Okyenhene would still be “drinking water with animals”.
He made the statement at a demonstration organised by some opposition parties to protest hardship in the country.
Mr Zu has however offered an unqualified apology to the Okyenhene.
His apology notwithstanding, the Traditional Council demanded the following:
1. A direct, clear and unambiguous public apology be rendered by the leadership of the National Democratic Congress to His Royal Majesty the Okyenhene and Okyeman.
2. A ritual pacification be performed to appease His Majesty the Okyenhene.
3. An apology rendered personally by Mr Kwame Zu to the Okyenhene and a public recantation of the offensive words and specific conduct complained off.
4. Invocation of appropriate disciplinary sanctions of the party against the conduct of Kwame Zu.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | KWAKU NTI