At the time when all seem to be falling apart for the opposition NDC and its flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, especially with their infamous description of the Asantehene as a lair, it is becoming increasingly evident that the umbrella family is fast crumbling and finding it difficult to safe its face and that of their torchbearer.
The people of the Asante Kingdom are fuming with rage over the NDC’s attack on the Asantehene, with most expressing anger and spiting fire on Mr. Mahama and his opposition party, while others are recommending a ban on the former President and his Chief of Staff, from the Kingdom.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly remarked that it was through his effort that the former President who was unwilling to accept defeat, conceded.
Otumfou explained: “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.”
However, a former Chief of Staff under the John Mahama reign issued a statement and refuted the Otumfou’s earlier assertion, claiming that the former President was never persuaded to concede defeat as was claimed by the Asantehene.
According to most people in the region, the statement from the former Chief of Staff is an insult to the reputation and authority of the Asantehene, as to them, it was a subtle way to describe the King as a lair.
And for one Chief who could stand and watch the Asante King be called a lair, Nana Nkansah Boadu Ayeboafo, the Chief of Agric-Nsima, a suburb of the Kingdom, has sent a strong warning to Mr. Mahama and his NDC should never dare to rope the Asantehene into their ‘dirty’ and ‘uncensored’ tribal politicking.
He has personally taken a serious swipe at Mr. Mahama and Julius Debrah, warning them and their party to stay away from issues about Asanteman and Manhyiah.
Nana Boadu Ayeboafo was livid to the extent that he was ready to ensure both the former president and his Chief of Staff are barred from Manhyia palace, as was done to former KMA boss, Kojo Bonsu.
He said, the statement from the NDC leader was a clear insult and as such, they must be dealt with accordingly.
To him, if NDC does not respect the dignity of Asanteman and its King, they should be bold and 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.