The Asogli State Council is demanding an unqualified apology from the Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay and the party following comments he made against Agogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV.
Earlier this week, the NPP bigwig reacted to some reports purported to have come from the president of the National House of Chiefs over the 275 buses he [Blay] procured for his party.
Togbe Afede XIV had said: “Some time ago, it was one party building a multi-million dollar headquarters, we all sat down and did not complain. And recently, an aspiring chairman of a party buying several 275 vehicles…These are matters that should attract Nananom’s attention. And I’m very happy that at least the latest one has attracted the attention of the special prosecutor. Unfortunately, the canker has spread so deeply.”
But the NPP chairman who seemed infuriated reportedly described the chief’s statement as “palm wine business talk”.
However, the Asogli state has expressed its disappointment towards the reply of Mr Blay and has asked him to apologise.
The statement which was signed by the secretary of the traditional council on Thursday said: “We take strong exceptions to the statements, names and comments in this reply as they are insulting and disrespectful.
It continued: “A statement such as this and from the President of the National House of Chiefs and an astute businessman does not warrant the kind of response from the National Chairman of the ruling party, a former First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and a lawyer.
Explaining further, the statement said Togbe Afedi XIV’s comments were “addressing the issue of the perception of corruption and corruption and to repose trust in our leaders, thereafter.”
To them, the chief was calling on” the most noble and respectful indigenous institutions to be actively involved in the crusade. In addition, it applauded the current government that similar acts that have been swept under the carpet in the past, are being given the needed attention [they] deserve.”
“Therefore, the Asogli State Council demand an unqualified apology from the NPP and its Chairman for this their misconduct and disrespect shown to Togbe with immediate effect. Since the NPP remained silent, we can only conclude that this might be part of their boardroom decisions. Failure to heed this clarion call and the next line of action would be announced ASAP. ENOUGH is ENOUGH,” the release said.