The Asogli State Council has demanded an apology from newly elected chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay for attacking Togbe Afede XIV on his advice to Nananom on the 275 buses procured for the elephant family by the former parliamentarian and politician.
Mr Blay took a swipe at the traditional ruler over his comments on the controversial bus saga.
“Maybe he (Afede) got his money from selling palmwine to get there” Freddie Blay said.
“It is silly. I am sorry to use that words. For people to think like that, I find it disturbing”. he said.
“My only worry is that an individual like Togbe Afede has come in … mentioning it. Former President Mahama has come in from a different angle. Togbe Afede says what? He says perception of corruption and vote-buying. Maybe he doesn’t understand what he is talking about.” Mr Blay said.
“In his position as president of the House of Chiefs in this country, maybe from nowhere he has also risen to become a businessman. He has become a big businessman in this country. He has never asked for loans. Maybe he got his money from selling palmwine to get there” Freddie Blay jabbed.
But in a statement signed by Secretary Stephen Tetteh, the Asogli state said: ‘’Our attention has been drawn to the above publication purported to be the reply of Freddie Blay, the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV on his advice to Nananom on the 275 buses saga.
“We take strong exceptions to the statements, names and comments in this reply as they are insulting and disrespectful.
“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.
“This statement, in our view, is aimed at addressing the issue of the perception of corruption and corruption and to repose trust in our leaders, thereafter. It also calls 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”.