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Okyehene, Asantehene union: 'I'm proud' - Gabby

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a nephew of President Nana Akufo-Addo and member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has expressed joy at seeing Akyem monarch Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II visit and play gold with Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in the Ashanti Region.

The two monarchs opened the Head of State Invitational Golf Tournament.

"Asantehene is being joined by the Okyehene to tee off as part of the opening ceremony", a post on Manhyia Palace’s Facebook page said on Saturday, 16 July 2018.

Few hours after the news, Mr Otchere-Darko, an Akyem, who was criticised recently by the Asante monarch for allegedly instigating enmity between the two rulers, posted a photo of the two sitting in a car and added a caption: “Today is a beautiful day. I’m proud of my country, proud of my heritage”.

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There has been no love lost between the Akyems and Asantes for eons over historical differences.

The tension between the two leaders got to a head in May this year when the Asantehene exploded in anger over an alleged attempt by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo; and Mr Otchere-Darko to undermine him (Otumfuo).

President Akufo-Addo had to engage the Asantehene at Manhyia following the traditional leader’s complaint.

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