The Ga Dzasetse, Nii Yaotey Oto – Ga II and Principal Elders and Chiefs of the Royal Dynasties of the Ga State have pointed accusing figures at the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, Former Mayor of Accra, Hon Agyiri Blankson and the Director-in -Charge of Operations at the Seat of Government, Laud Commey.
Speaking at a well-attended Press Conference, the Dzasetse of the Ga State, Nii Yaote Oto- Ga noted that on the advent of the new Government, after the 2016 General Elections, the Minister of Greater Accra Region, Ismael Ashitey, Stanley Nii Ajiri Blankson, the President’s Nominee for the Council of State and Lord Commey, the Director of Operations at the Office of the President, began to engage in various acts of destabilization for the Ga Paramount Stool .
Nii Oto–Ga noted that these acts of indiscipline that the three officers are perpetuating are continuation of the unsuccessful attempts by Stantey Adjiri Brown when he was the Mayor of Accra, to impose Dr. Jo Blankson on the Ga State as the Ga Mantse.
The Dzasetse averred that the infamous attempt by Agyiri Blankson backfired and the death of Dr. Joe Blankson laid to rest the attempt to introduce politics into Chieftaincy affairs.
Nii Oto- Ga hinted that the plans of Aygiri Blankson with active support from the Greater Accra Regional Minister who is also the Chairman of the Regional Security Council and in collaboration with Lord Commey to have the remains of the Late Dr. Jo Blackson buried as a Ga Mantse in Accra has been put in motion.
According to him, as continuation of the destabilisation tactics, a staged violent invasion of the Ga Mantse’s Palace at Kaneshie was undertaken by a wild group of well-armed lawless persons while the Ga Mantse was in the Palace.
He said under the pretext of providing security for the Ga Mantse, the Palace was locked up by the police.
The Dzasetse noted that all attempts to grant the Ga Mantse re-entry into the Palace has failed.
He said the Ga King’s elders have impressed on the Regional Minister to open the palace but the Minister has failed to direct so and cited an interlocutory injunction granted at the High Court that the Palace should be vacated before it could be opened.
He stated that King Tackie Adama Latse II was admitted into membership of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs on 17th October, 2017and that on 19th October 2017, the Dzase had information that an attempt was going to be made to invade the Stool House on`20th October, 2017 by the Regional Minister and his two named colleagues to have Dr. Kelvin Tackie installed as Ga Mantse, in spite of the fact that King Tackie Adama Latse II, is already reigning as Ga King.
He stressed that this was puzzling because Dr. Kelvin Tackie was vetted and rejected by the Ga Dzase and therefore, it would not be proper for a whole Regional Minister to undertake such an unjust venture.
According to Nii Oto-Ga, an Accra High Court later ruled that the Regional Minister should open the Palace for the Occupation of the Ga Mantse but the Regional Minister and his team have refused to obey the Court Order.
The Court, he said, has put an injunction on these three politicians not to interfere in the Ga Paramount Stool affairs but the Regional Minister is not complying with the Orders.
According to him, on the request of the Regional Minister who wanted to know who the current Ga Mantse is, a response came from the National House of Chiefs that it is King Tackie Adama Latse II, and so the Regional Minister should recognise him as the Ga King.
He lamented that politicians and state officials are bent on disregarding laws of the country restraining them from interfering in Chieftaincy matters and are determined to install a Ga Mantse of their choice on the Ga State.
He stressed that with the Gazzete of King Adama Latse at the Traditional Council, Regional and National Houses of Chiefs, Former Acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II can no longer hold himself as Acting President of the Traditional Council and so the Regional Minister and his cohorts should comply with that fact.
He said contrary to expectations, the Regional Minster has kept the Palace and the Stool House locked and refused to grant the Ga King access to it and is rather keeping Dr. Kelvin Tackie in there.
The Dzasetse said the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has on several occasions stated that he is not interested in chieftaincy affairs but is clear that the three politicians do not reflect the position of the President in chieftaincy affairs.
He said the Ga people do not interfere in the chieftaincy matters of other people but this is the second time that NPP Government officials are trying to destabilise the Ga State with their own choice of Ga King by using the police and army.
The Ga Stool, he said, has no political colours and therefore they will resist vigorously and with their lives, any attempt, no matter where it emanates from, to ascribe any political colour to the Ga Stool, warning that their patience has a limit.
He called on the Ga people to remain calm in the face of this provocation in order not to shed blood or do something that will disturb peace in the metropolis.
He called on President Akufo-Addo, Chairman of Council of State and the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede to call the three politicians to order before their actions cause problems for the people during and after the Homowo festival celebrations.
The Dzasetse told the Minister of Culture and Tourism that the Ga Dzasetse is Nii Yaote- Oto-Ga II, and not Nii Tetteh Kwei II, adding that they noticed that the Tourism Ministry is proclaiming Nii Tetteh Kwei II as Ga Dzasetse for the the 1st Annual Ga Pilolo Festival being organised under the Chairmanship of Nii Tetteh Kwei as Ga Dzasetse and that there exists a Ga Mantse King Tackie Adama Latse II, and therefore, such a program cannot be held without his consent for the Ga Stool.
By Bernard Quanson