In what appears to be a show of massive support for Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, over 80 lawmakers, Government appointees and some key stakeholders who matter within the New Patriotic Party(NPP) accompanied him the second Akwasidae festival of the year, which was held at the Manhyia Palace, the official seat of the Asante King, in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital on Sunday.
The move according to political pundits, is a signal to mischief makers who speculate that the second gentleman of the land has no support base within the party.
“I’m your son and I’m grateful for your wise advice and blessings to me over the years”, Dr. Bawumia said in a speech read on his behalf by Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister.
Dr. Bawumia stated emphatically that the Asantehene has consistently and continuously supported and offered him wise counsel and it has helped taken him to the current state of his political career.
“You are very dear to me, Nana”, he said and added that he would continue to seek for the Asante Monarch’s support and advice in order to transform his political career and life in general.
Prominent among Dr. Bawumia’s delegation to the Manhyia Palace was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh aka ‘Napo’, who doubles as the Energy Minister.
Also in the delegation were Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, ministers of state, NPP regional and constituency executives and a number of party members and supporters.
Dr. Bawumia used the grand event to solicit for the Asantehene’s prayers so that whatever he aspired to do in life would materialized, reiterating that he appreciated Otumfuo’s support for him.
The Vice President also expressed sadness over the recent fire outbreak at Kejetia which damaged over 50 shops, and said he would visit the place on Monday to inspect the damage caused.
“Otumfuo, with your permission, I would visit the Kejetia Market on Monday to see the damage caused and duly informed the President”, he disclosed
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has over the period won for himself the support of the party, continues attract party grassroots manifesting at the second Akwasidae in 2023.
Others accompanying the Vice President include; Ashanti Region Constituency Executives of the party, some party elders, some Ministers of State and their Deputies, some Chief Executive Officers(CEOs) and other appointees of government.
Father and son relationship between Otumfuo and Bawumia
The father and son relationship between Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is not a hidden.
It was manifested in 2021 though it had existed when Dr. Bawumia visited the King to appreciate the support extended to him during the funeral of his mother, Hajia Mariama Bawumia. .
According to him, the Asantehene’s support for him was a clear evidence that indeed Otumfuo is the father for all, so it is in the right direction for him to take Otumfuo as his father.
The Vice President stated that he and his siblings would hurriedly respond to every call of the Asante Monarch, who is their father, adding that he respect and cherish Otumfuo.
“Otumfuo you are my everything now; you are my father and whenever you call me, whether morning, afternoon, evening or midnight, I will quickly make myself available”.
Otumfuo recently at the commissioning of the newly refurbished Ultra-modern Kumasi Central Mosque openly accepted him as a son revealing to the gathering how he nurtured him.
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