Former president and Flagbearer of the NDC, John Mahama has finally responded to allegations his office disrespected the Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II by a statement it released.
The statement which was issued by his former chief of staff, Mr. Julius Debrah debunked a claim Otumfour made while addressing the UN general assembly that he had to intervene in the aftermath of the 2016 Ghana elections for the defeated party to concede.
Many took the contents of the statement to be derogatory to the revered Asantehene, implicitly calling him out for peddling untruths, which angered many in the Ashanti region and around the nation.
A group calling itself the Asante Youth Association issued a presser, telling the ex president to apologize for the disrespect of their king.
H.E. Mahama in his response wrote that:
“The recent statement from my office was meant to shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll and not to disparage Otumfuo’s efforts at promoting national peace and unity. I therefore find the language and commentary in the ensuing public discourse very disturbing.
Clearly Mr. Julius Debrah’s statement was intended to simply clarify that I never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN.
I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman and will not allow this issue to mar our long standing cordial relationship. On Otumfuo’s return home, we will take the necessary steps to bring closure to this matter. In the meantime, I urge the general public and party members not to be baited into non-constructive flogging of this issue.”