ASHANTI YOUTH ANTI-NDC ANGER MOUNTS AFTER ATTACKS ON ASANTEHENE Featured

By RICHARD KOFI BOAHEN September 18, 2019 256 0

Intense pressure is mounting on the former Chief of Staff in the ousted Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government, Julius Debrah, and former Communications Minister Edward Omane Boamah to render an unqualified apology to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and the whole of Asanteman for holding that the Asantehene is a liar.

 

This follows attempts by former President Mahama’s two right-hand men to go all out to sweep under the carpet remarks made by one of the most revered monarchs in Africa.

In a speech in New York Otumfuo made comments regarding the role he had played in impressing on Mr Mahama to accept defeat after the 2016 election.

Gross disrespect

“We are calling on our Asante brothers in the NDC to disassociate themselves from this show of gross disrespect against our king,” the Asante Youth Association demanded at a press conference yesterday.

“We are also calling on the Ashanti regional branch of the NDC to do same, or we will resist and stop them from operating in the jurisdiction of Asanteman.”

According to a press release signed by Nana Yaw Brenya, president of the group, “Omane Boamah and Julius Debrah both have 48 hours to withdraw and apologise to ‘Opemsuo’ or be dealt with ruthlessly, should they set foot in the Ashanti Region.”

“Facts as they are”

The pressure group further gave “the NDC as a party, both national and regional”, five working days “to disassociate themselves from this treachery or we will consider them enemies”.

“Mr John Dramani Mahama, if he still wants to be the friend of Asanteman, should issue a disclaimer and set the record straight,” the press release from the group added.

“After all, this won’t be the first time somebody close to him will be corrected with the facts as they are.”

Otumfuo’s speech

Speaking at the UN High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace in New York, Otumfuo said Manhyia was heavily involved in ensuring a violence-free election in 2016.

“At the conclusion of the last presidential and parliamentary elections … the UN representatives and the diplomatic community were alarmed that Ghana was about to slip down the slope of electoral violence,” the Asantehene said.

“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 fly both candidates for a quiet encounter to pave the way for a smooth handover.”

Apology

But in separate responses, the former Chief of Staff and the former Communications Minister, in what the youth of Ashanti say was a disrespectful manner, said there was not an iota of truth in what the Asantehene said.

Following this, the Asante Youth Association is asking the two former Mahama officials to apologise unreservedly to the Asantehene for showing gross disrespect to him.

The group recalled that the Asantehene saw impending danger in 2016 and summoned both then President Mahama and Candidate Akufo-Addo to his palace, where he persuaded them to sign a peace agreement.

“Mr Julius Debrah may have been close to John Mahama, but did he listen to his phone calls as well? Honourable Mahama Ayariga also thought he knew former President Mahama to dispute his relationship with Mr Andrew Solomon, but was he right?
“When Otumfuo summoned both Nana Addo and John Mahama to agree on the peace pact, was Julius part of the entourage? If he was, what does he call the king’s action?” the group asked.

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