DECLARE NII TACKIE OBILIE II THE GA MANTSE

Abola Piam Tunwa We to Regional House of Chiefs

Heads of the Abola Piam Tunwa We have petitioned the Judicial Committee of the Regional House of Chiefs to declare Nii Tackie Obilie II as legitimate nominee and substantive Ga Mantse when all rites are finally completed.

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The Abola Piam Tunwa Royals urged the Regional House of Chiefs to recognise Nii Tackie Obilie II as Ga-Mantse who has been properly, customarily and traditionally selected, elected and would be enstooled.

The petitioners also prayed the Regional House of Chiefs to declare null and void the selection and enstoolment of any other persons as Ga Mantse and restrain them from holding themselves as such.

The petition was signed by Nii Morlai II, the Sentse (Kingmaker) of the Abola Piam Tunwa We as 1st petitioner, and nine others in the following sequence: 2nd petitioner, Nii Ofoli Tackie Obolie (Head of Family, Abola Piam royal Family); Nii Ofoli Gakpo, Principal member and Kingmaker, Abola Piam Royal Family; Adode Akai Abi, principal elder and kingmaker of the Abola Piam Royal Family; Shomey Odiey Quaye, principal member and kingmaker of Abola Piam Royal Family; Asafoatse Ayi Kai I, principal member and kingmaker of Abola Piam Royal Family; Nii Tackie Obilie II, substantive Ga-Mantse, Abola Piam Tunwa-We royal family; Aawon Akosia, fetish priestess, Abola Piam Tunwa We; Nii Ayi Tunwa I, Dzasetse of Abola Piam Tunwa We and Emmanuel Ayiqauye Aryeetey.

The spokesperson for the petitioners, Nii Tackie Obilie II, who spoke to the media, urged the House of Chiefs to also declare that all the Ga Royal Families namely Nii Teiko Tsuru We, Nii Tackie Komey We, Nii Amugi We and Abola Piam are still bound by the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed on 23rd March, 2005.

According to the petitioners, the 4th and 5th Respondents namely Mr. George Tackie (Nii Adama Latse) and Kelvin Tackie (Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II) respectively, have been holding themselves as Ga Mantse even though they are from the same family.

They argued that these two claimants to the Stool are both from the Teiko Tsuru Family and cannot therefore be considered for nomination, selection and enstoolment as Ga-Mantse, especially after the death of Dr. Joe Blankson (Nii Tackie Tawiah III), the immediate past Ga Mantse who also hailed from the Teiko Tsuru We.

“Having regard to the fact that the late Dr. Joe Blankson was the last occupant of the Ga-Mantse Stool, the two claimants to the stool are ineligible to be considered let alone qualify to be considered for the Ga-Mantse.’

The Petitioners argued that by tradition, custom and convention, it is now the turn of the Abola Piam to produce the Ga-Mantse and the said family has actually done so in the person of Nii Tackie Obilie II.

“Both Nii Amugi II and King Tackie Tawiah (Dr. Joe Blankson) who occupied the Ga-Mantse stool one after the other were all not from the Abola Piam family. It is therefore the turn of the Abola Piam Tunwa We to occupy the Ga-Mantse stool,” the petition indicated.

According to the Peitioners, historically, traditionally, culturally and by convention and practice, the Ga-Mantse Stool has been rotational for decades.

“Mr. George Tackie and Kelvin Tackie who are claiming to be the the Ga-Mantse know that is factually misleading and palpably false and in sharp contrast to the MOU signed in March 2005 amongst the Royal Families,” they indicated.

The Petitioners stressed that the two claimants to the Ga-Mantse Stool by recourse to fraud, bribery, subterfuge and machination have all gotten their names gazetted and inserted into the Registrar of Chiefs with the aid of some officials from various House of Chiefs.

The Petitioners appealed to the Regional House of Chiefs to set aside and declare null and void the gazetted records and notices among others of the two claimants and order their names cancelled and expunged from all records.

They prayed the House of Chiefs to grant perpetual injunction prohibiting the claimants from holding themselves as Ga Mantse and also declare that with the death of Nii Amugu II and Nii Tackie Tawiah, it is the turn of the Abola Piam Tunwa royal family to produce the next Ga-Mantse.

They also prayed the Regional House of Chiefs to restrain Mr. George Tackie (Nii Adama Latse) and Kelvin Tackie (Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II), their agents, servants and privies etc from interfering, disposing off, transferring, selling etc any of the Ga-Mantse stool properties including lands.

By Osumanu Al-Hassan/uthmanhass@gmail.com

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