Manhyia Angry At Mahama …Charoltte Osei Pops Up As Witness Of Peace Talks
Charlotte Osei, the immediate past Chair of the Electoral Commission and a certain General O.J. of the Ghana Air Force were part of witnesses present when the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II held meetings with former President John Mahama (new aspiring President) before the latter accepted that he had lost the 2016 presidential elections, a chief at Manhyia who performs special duties for the Asante King has claimed.
“The meeting was between the then [President] and now President Akufo-Add. Mrs. Charlotte Osei former Electoral Commissioner and Air Force General Oje were witnesses of the meeting. Mahama will be a colossal ingrate; even his appointment to the Vice Presidency was mitigated by Otumfuo, when Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings would not allow him to be the running mate to the late Prof. John Atta- Mills in 2008”, Baffour Hyiaman Brentuo VI, the chief at Manhyia who performs special duties for the Asante King has told Starr FM’s Ashanti Regional correspondent, Bediako Justice.
He continued: “To call Otumfuo a liar or allow his (John Mahama) cronies or to allow his people to disparage and pour vituperative to such a benefactor who went to the extent of accommodating you during your tenure as President, is to say the least very regrettable and inexcusable.
“As a politician he (John Mahama) should remember that the road to power does not pass through Manhyia Palace but definitely through the indivisible Asante region where Otumfuo reigns and his people will always remember him as an ungrateful politician. He shouldn’t forget where he danced to the ‘Y3n Ntie Obiara’ music to the chagrin of the broad masses of Asante people that won Manhyia Palace displeasure of many Ghanaians. What disgusting betrayal from a ‘son”, Baffour Hyiaman Brentuo VI added.
The Manhyia Chief for Special Duties was referring to a rejoinder from former Chief of Staff under John Mahama, Mr. Julius Debrah in which he publicly denied that after the 2016 elections, the Asantehene had to intervene and speak with John Mahama before the latter accepted defeat and called to congratulate Nana Akufo-Addo.
“I state without equivocation that the decision to concede and congratulate Nana Akufo-Addo even before the official results were declared was taken by President Mahama himself without any persuasion from any quarter,” Mr. Debrah said.
But Hyiaman Brentuo VI has insisted Julius Debrah is wrong and has even put out names of some who witnessed the said meeting.
Over the same matter, another chief in Asanteman, Nana Boadu Ayeboafo, Chief of Agric-Nsima, has advised John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a party, to exercise restraint in their commentary about the Asantehene as some sound rather disrespectful and unacceptable.
RAWLINGS WADES IN
Founder of the NDC, former President Rawlings has meanwhile taken to social media to describe as “unwarranted and unnecessary” the political twist and partisan positions adopted by both his party and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in discussing what exactly the Asantahene had said about the role he played in post 2016 elections peace talks.
According to Rawlings, the Asantehene made Ghana proud with his speech at the UN recently and there was no need to create issues out of it because in his own words, “There is enough tension, let’s cool off.”
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in a speech at the UN General Assembly, told the gathering how traditional methods and culture can be used to promote peace.
He cited the intervention after the 2016 polls as among the “highest examples of the crucial roles behind the curtains when the moral force of tradition is harnessed to protect and sustain the peace, unity and security of Ghana.”
He said his immense contributions has yielded positive results so far as Ghana is described as one of the emerging democracies on the African continent and the world at large.
“At the conclusion of the last presidential and parliamentary elections, the country [Ghana] stood on the edge of disaster. The UN representatives and the diplomatic community were aghast, alarmed that Ghana was going to slip down the slope of 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 fly both candidates for a quiet encounter to pave the way for a handover,” the Asantehene noted.