The Deputy Ashanti Regional Secretary of NDC Mathew Kojo Njourkone has said Chairman Wontumi in a way is trying to wash away contributions Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II towards the strengthening of democratic government in Ghana.
He said chairman Wontumi is trying to muddy the good relationship that exists between the NDC and Otumfuo.
The deputy secretary confirmed that there have been countless occasions when Otumfuo as a man of peace and wisdom has diffused lingering tensions between the leaders of various political parties and successive governments during his reign.
Many people have benefited immensely from the wisdom of the Great King of the Ashanti Kingdom.
“He not let tensions flare-up before he intervenes and he often works behind the scenes”. He added.
He acknowledged that Political leaders who sometimes have not gone by his wise counsel have ended up with regret.
This is because Otumfuo allows people their free will to accept or reject his wise advice.
He mentioned that, in 2012, Nana Akuffo Addo out of his own free will, refused to accept Otumfuo’s advice to concede defeat and went to court.
This act of defiance on the part of Nana Addo took the nation to ransom for eight months before the case was settled at a huge cost of time, money and efforts.
However, in 2016, Mr John Dramani Mahama out of his own free will conceded defeat even before the final results were declared.
“This means that, the issue of accepting the electoral outcome depends on the individual presidential candidate.” He explained.
He however warned Wontumi to desist from making unnecessary comments against the NDC and rather focus on how his party can develop the nation. Wontumi and his party must establish projects in the Ashanti Region..
He must also be weary of the general economic hardship bedevilling the Ghanaians as well as dealing with the matters of corruption that has engulfed the NPP government.
He assured that, the NDC will continue to respect the authority of Otumfuo and will always consult him for his wise counsel.
He believes that the health of our democracy rests on part of our Traditional Authorities and the Party will continue to live in harmony with them.
By Joe Marfo