The Member of Parliament for the Asuogyaman constituency, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw has described as baseless, attacks on Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panyin by the Eastern Regional executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, the Okyehene did nothing wrong in commenting on NPP’s impending petition at the Supreme Court when he visited President Mahama at the Flagstaff House.
The statement was in reaction to an attack on the Okyehene by the Eastern Regional executives who claim the Okyehene’s visit to the president was politically motivated.
The House of Chiefs led by Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panyin yesterday visited president Mahama to congratulate him as the new president of Ghana and further urged him to make his view known on the petition filed by the NPP at the Supreme Court.
President John Mahama also assured them that he will accept whatever verdict the Supreme Court comes up with.
But the Eastern Regional executives of the NDC believe the Okyehene ought to have commended the president on his re-election instead of embarking on politically sponsored agenda.
One of the executives said Nananom should have used the occasion to apologise to the president for acts of violence and disrespect perpetuated against the President and his entourage during his last visit to the Eastern Region and in Kyebi in particular but rather chose to do politics.
But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii-Sen on Wednesday, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw noted that the NDC’s attack on the Okyehene is malicious and without any evidence.
He asserted that the Okyehene could not have legitimized the presidency of John Mahama because the election he won as the leader of the country is being challenged at the Supreme Court.
He quibbled how anybody, let alone an organization like the NDC, will charge Okyehene of meddling in partisan politics?
“I think the attack on the Okyehene by the Eastern Regional executives of the NDC is baseless and without evidence. How can anybody think that a chief like Okyehene will meddle in partisan politics let alone the ruling NDC? How can Mahama’s executives think like that? It is not good for our chieftaincy institution. If they say Okyehene should have alluded to the legitimacy of the president, then it is wrong because the matter is before the court. This is absolutely preposterous argument from the NDC”.
He stressed “The Okyehene has the right to ask the president’s opinion on the Supreme Court case because it outcome can the cause the country. So as an opinion leader of the country, the Okyehene did not err in making the president’s view known”.
He took a swipe at president Mahama saying that the president’s statement that he will abide by the Supreme Court ruling is no news because he is not above the law.
“Is Mahama above the law? He has no right to say that he would not accept the verdict of the Supreme Court so the president statement that he will abide by the ruling of the court is nothing because he is under the law”.
Story by Ghana/Asempa FM/Twum-Barima