The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council has issued a three-day ultimatum to the National leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to render a direct, clear and unambiguous public apology to the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin and Okyeman or be “banned from all official functions organized by the Ofori Panin Stool".
Addressing the media Monday, September 23, 2019 after a protest by five divisions of the Council at Kyebi, the State Secretary, Daniel Marfo Ofori Atta stated that, apart from the apology the Council is demanding, “a ritual pacification be performed to appease His Majesty the Okyenhene, an apology rendered personally by Mr. Kwame Zu to the Okyenhene and a Public recantation of the offensive words and specific conduct complained off, and finally invocation of appropriate disciplinary sanctions of the party against the Conduct of Kwame Zu".
The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council stated that “should the NDC choose to ignore these pronouncements and demands, Nananom will not accord them any future request for clemency and redemption of their transgressions”.
The Council has subsequently served notice that any Chief in Akyem Abuakwa will be destooled if he acted in aberration to the ban on NDC executives from Branch, constituency, Regional and National Executives should the party fail to apologize.
Traditional Council catalogued various incidents of similar scathing attacks by prominent persons in the NDC including Julius Debrah, Tawiah Boateng, Haruna Appaw Wiredu, both former regional Executives of NDC and Stan Dogbe against Okyenhene over the years under the leadership of John Mahama whom they accused of remaining silent.
The protest by the Akyem Abuakwa has been provoked by the statement made by the Ashanti Regional Secretary of NDC, Kwame Zu while addressing participants of a demonstration by the Coalition for National Sovereignty last week.
Responding to claims, the traditional council stated that, “Kyebi has had pipe-borne water since the year 1954-three clear years before independent Ghana was born”.
According to the Council, the Kyebi water expansion project was initiated by President Kufuor in 2007 “funded by the taxpayers of Austria and completed in 2011 under President Mills” commending Former President Mahama for commissioning it".
The traditional council has meanwhile slaughtered a sheep on the head of the NDC.