A Communicator of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region has charged the former President, John Dramani Mahama to render an unqualified apology to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for labeling him a liar.
While speaking at the UN high level forum on the Culture of Peace on Friday, September 13, Otumfuo Osei Tutu stated that he had to intervene and persuade President John Mahama to concede defeat to Nana Akufo-Addo during the 2016 Presidential Elections or else the nation would have been plunged into electoral violence.
However, in a quick rebuttal, a statement issued by the Office of Former President Mahama and signed by Mr Julius Debrah, a former Chief of Staff in the Mahama’s administration strongly denied Otumfuo’s assertion.
The denial did not please several people in the Ashanti Region who have come out to chastise the former President for calling Otumfuo 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.
Commenting on this on Kumasi-based Angel FM’s Morning Show, Angel in the Morning, Yaw Opoku Mensah, said the overlord of the Asante Kingdom deserves the apology because he was undeservedly criticised for speaking the truth at the UN General Assembly.
“Otumfou deserves an unqualified apology from Mahama if he wants peace…,” he told host, Kwame Tanko (KT).
According to Mr Mensah, the former President had a hand in the statement issued by Julius Debrah.
“Nobody can convince me that the former President doesn’t know anything about the comments by Omane Boamah, Julius Debrah and other NDC folks lambasting Otumfuo, he knows something about it and hence must come out to apologise if he wants peace…,” he charged.