We Knelt, Begged Otumfuo!
John Boadu Confesses
Fine details are emerging over the tense moment at Manhyia Palace last week when high-powered executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) fell to their knees to apologise to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The plea for forgiveness follows the Asantehene’s anger suggesting there are active attempts from some people close to government to pitch him against the Akyems.
The executives including Mr. Boadu and Ashanti regional Chairman Antwi Boasiako popularly called Chairman Wontumi were seen in the photos attempting to make peace with the Asantehene.
Although there were initial attempts to keep the situation under wraps, the cat as it is usually said is finally out of the bag.
According to John Boadu, the acting General Secretary of the NPP he, together with other executives of the party, knelt before the Asantehene to spare the governing party his wrath.
Speaking on Asempa FM last Friday, 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.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nana Agyenim Boateng, President of the Concerned Youth of Ashanti has allged that the former Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and the Executive Secretary to the President Asante Bediatuo have been speaking ill and undermining the Asantehene.
Otchere Darko has, however, dismissed the reports that he is undercutting and inciting Akyems against the Asantehene.