PRESIDENT NANA Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is reported to have met the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II over suspected plot by some members of the NPP to undermine him (Otumfuo).
According to sources the closed-door meeting which took at the Asantehene’s plush residence, located in the huge Manhyia Palace.
The source said the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah and some other Ministers were at the meeting.
However, it was unclear whether the President’s Secretary and lawyer, Nana Asante Bediatuo as well as his cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, who were reportedly fingered by the Asantehene were present.
The paper has it that it was a fruitful deliberation between President Nana Addo and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwatia, told Joy News’ Ohemeng Tawiah that the Asantehene sees everyone as his grandson.
“If your grandson offends you and comes along to apologise, I don’t think you will be that strong headed to say you won’t accept.
“But we will really want to send notice to everyone that as much as we respect our head of state and everybody who occupies any position in this country, we want people to respect our king,” he said.
Last Week Wednesday Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, was said to have mentioned the names of persons within the corridors of power he suspects of scheming to undermine him.
Otumfuo was reported to have made the complaint at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi during a mini durbar to celebrate the Awukudae, which is one of the key festivals in the Asante Kingdom.
Coincidentally, the durbar was attended by several big wigs from the ruling government including the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, John Boadu the acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Osei Assibey, Kumasi Mayor and Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka ‘Wontumi’.
The NPP party gurus present had to literally go on their bended knees for several minutes while they passionately apologized to the Asantehene.
John Boadu’s Confessed
John Boadu, the acting General Secretary of the NPP confirmed that he, together with other executives of the party, knelt before the Asantehene to spare the governing party his wrath.
Mr. Boadu who is seeking the General Secretary post of the NPP said they noticed the Asantehene was unhappy about certain happenings and had to immediately kneel to apologise.
“We saw from his [Otumfuo’s] speech that there was something going on that he was unhappy with…. he was complaining about it. You know that as part of our culture, if you are a child you can’t have a dispute with an adult and be guiltless.
“No matter what, because we were in front of a revered person, we had to give him the necessary respect. So that is why when he started complaining and we realized that from the way things were going, we had to plead for forgiveness,” Mr. Boadu said.
By: Akwasi Boakye