The National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Chairman, Elder Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has come under heavy social media attack for leading the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC to Okyenhene’s palace.
The Pentecost Elder, led and supervise a delegation to the palace of Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area to perform the necessary rites to appease the paramount chief and his subjects over comments made by the party’s Ashanti Regional Secretary, Kwame Zu during a radio discussion.
Mr. Zu had assumed that but for the intervention of former President John Mahama, now flagbearer of the NDC, the Okyenhene would have been drinking water with animals.
Some youth of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has overruled the visit of its national Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and some leading lights of the party to the Okyenhene palace as shameful and disgraceful when a video of Kwame Zu and his National Chairman at the Okyenhene palace pop-up.
Mr. Zu was seen standing while libation poured at his feet amidst disparaging commentary from some of the chiefs as libation was poured and a ram slaughtered to revoke curses made against him on September 23, 2019, after a demonstration in Kyebi.
“For me, I view this as crass irresponsibility, shameful display of ignorance, and opposition politics carried too far’’.
“Ordinarily, we would have ignored such disgraceful steps by men we thought could have known better, but it has become imperative that we stand in the defense of justice and for the benefit of Ghanaians’.
“It is sad that our Chairman who should be highly concerned by the level of insults heap of Togbe Afede, is rather being parochial, selfish and exhibiting the highest form of ethnic loyalty.
“They are only interested in ensuring that their family members, cronies and stooges denigrated, to the detriment of the generality of Ghanaians’.
But the respected politician has made clarifications on his role reconciling Kwame Zu and Amoatia Ofori Panyi – He said there was nothing controversial about his actions.
The outspoken National Chairman made the clarification during a heated debate on a social media platform. I have reconciled Kwame Zu and Okyenhene, Amoatia Ofori Panyi after three months of disagreements between the duo. He said there was nothing controversial about his actions, adding that he does not regret taking up the assignment.
‘Comrades, I just want to set the records straight, the leader and flagbearer of our party President John Dramani Mahama directed Ambassador Victory Smith and myself to lead Kwame Zu to apologize to Okyeman and bring the matter to a close’.
‘We have carried out the assignment and reported back to the Leader who is satisfied with the outcome. Some good decisions might not be popular with some people but will serve the strategic interest of the party. Let’s respect Leadership decisions and forge ahead in unity for victory 2020 and beyond’.
‘Let me end by placing on records that it was the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council which decided to slaughter their own ram to reverse their earlier action to ban the NDC from carrying out activities in the traditional area, they offered to perform those rights in our presence to signify that the issue has been resolved amicably. Let’s look at the positive side and stop the blame game. There are several sides of the story that cannot be shared publicly but I dare say that it was a good move and I don’t regret taking up this assignment on behalf of H.E.John Dramani Mahama’, the NDC Chairman reacted on NDC’s Diplomatic WhatsApp platform..
Advising Zu and NDC, the Okyenhene through his chief linguist Okyeame Barima Kodwo Antwi Boasiako, has asked members of the NDC to desist from disparaging traditional leaders.
On his part, the National Chairman of the NDC, Ofosu Ampofo thanked the council for its magnanimity and gave the assurance that such an unfortunate incident would not happen again.