The Spokesperson of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu Baffour Hyiaman Brentuo VI, has indicted former President John Dramani Mahama will do himself a great disservice if he forgets the countless interventions the Asantehene has made in his political career.
His comment comes as a result of a former Chief of Staff under the Mahama administration who has refuted claims by Otumfuo for then-President Mahama to accept defeat after the 2016 general election was announced by the Electoral Commission.
According to Julius Debrah, Mahama willingly accepted defeat and handed the seat to his opponent and for that Asantehene is a liar.
“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.
However, responding to Mr Debrah’s counterclaim, the Otumfuo Mawerehene said, the King and former President Mahama and the current President, as well as the then electoral commissioner, met twice before he left power.
“The meeting was between the then now- President Akufo-Addo, Mrs. Charlotte Osei former electoral commissioner and Air Force Gen O.J were witnesses of the meeting. Mahama will be a colossal ingrate, even his appointment to Vice Presidency was mitigated by Otumfuo, when Flt. Lt. Gen Rawlings would not allow him to be the running mate to the late Prof. John Atta- Mills in 2008.
“To call Otumfuo a liar or allow his 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,” he said .
He further noted: “As a politician, he should remember that the Road to Power does not pass through Manhyia Palace but definitely through the indivisible Asante region where Otumfuo reigns, and that 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’’.