Blay/Togbui Afede row: It’s my prayer that peace will prevail – Obiri Boahen
A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, has appealed for calm between the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbui Afede and the ruling New Patriotic Party National Chairman, Freddie Blay.
He said it will be proper for both parties to find an amicable way of settling their differences which should not result in the use of unpleasant words against each other.
“I think that this Asogli case and Honourable Freddie Blay, it is my prayer that cool heads will prevail and all of us will learn from this and forgive and forget and forge ahead,” he told Accra-based 3FM.
Mr. Obiri Boahen who claimed both parties are his good friends has keenly intervened in the Togbe Afede and Freddie Blay row after previous attempts at reconciliation failed.
But in his view, the decree by the Asogli Traditional Council against the ruling New Patriotic Party National Chairman, Freddy Blay was unconstitutional.
The Asogli Traditional Council made up of Thirty-Three (33) traditional areas in the Volta region on Wednesday declared Mr. Freddie Blay, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman “unwanted” in the Region.
This follows Mr. Blay’s alleged failure to apologise after he was alleged to have suggested that Togbe Afede, who is the president of the National House of Chiefs, was drunk when he called for investigations into Mr. Blay’s purchase of 275 buses at the cost of $11.4 million.
However, Mr. Obiri Boahen said, the Asogli Traditional council has no right to declare anyone a “persona non-grata” as it is not in their jurisdiction to do so.
According to him, the pronouncement of a person as a personal non-grater lies within the jurisdiction of the court as it is the only institution clothed with such powers.
“Legally, constitutionally a traditional council cannot declare somebody as persona non-grata unless there is a pronouncement by the court, if that is possible by the court, why not, unless you resolve to the judicial process, you cannot declare somebody as persona non-grata” he said.
The Traditional Council, at a News conference addressed by Togbe Koku Ayim V, Paramount Chief of Ziavi, described the conduct of Mr. Blay as “gross misbehaviour,” and that the Council could not guarantee his safety in the region.
He said Mr. Blay had “unfairly misjudged, unjustifiably employed misguided statements and intentionally insulted the integrity and personality of Togbe Afede,” though he married from the Traditional Council.