The Akwapim Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF) has urged Okyehene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II in his capacity as the President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, to respect the seven-member committee set up by the Akuapem Traditional Council to the resolve the crisis that has erupted over the enstoolment of a new Okuapehene.
According to the group, the committee is made up respected and highly revered chiefs who the indigenes of Okuapeman have lived with in peace and trust in their wisdom and rulings, and are confident that the committee will deliver and an Okuapehene would be installed.
“Nana our understanding is that the aim of the committee was to meet with the Sakyiabea gate of the Asona Royal Family that was expected to produce the next Akuapemhene and settle the misunderstanding that had arisen.
‘The Sakyiabea family had produced one person to the throne namely, Odekye Kwasi Akufo and someone have also brought OdekyeKojoKesse who is a tattoo royal, but none of them is Okuapehene until the committee have met and deliberated on the issue and come to finality. It is only one person who is expected to sit on the throne, our understanding is that the said committee would not tolerate any interference from anyone or group of persons.
“All we ask is Nana allow the Okuapeman Traditional Council to work and ask you as the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs President to wait until the Okuapeman Traditional Council Committee concludes its work, it’s a good news to us and we expect you to be happy about the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that has been adapted by the house,” the group’s statement read in part.
Below is the full statement
Press Statement By Akwapim Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF)
JANUARY 8TH, 2018
PETITION: Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II Okyehene- Ofori Panin Fie -Kibi.
Greetings-Nana. Happy New Year – Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II Okyehene – King Of The Forest (KwaebibrimHene)
Nana last year in December a seven-member committee was set up by the Akuapem Traditional Council to resolve the crisis that has erupted over the enstoolment of a new Okuapehene.
Various groups and contending interests are jostling for vantage positions ahead of the outdooring ceremony.
The latest most obnoxious and objectionable plot is by some illegal king makers to use government and your good name in a bid to accord undue advantage to a preferred aspirant.
This is contrary to the agreed arrangement of tradition which has at no time been changed. This group of people lacks any authority or voice to speak and install a chief with Tatoos on behalf of Okuapeman and is therefore on its own.Their action is hereby rejected and totally condemned
It will be a slap on the face and an insult on the face of Okuapeman where wrong Politicians/Leaders that few illegal Members can sit down and determine who to elect.
We as a group pledge to support only a free and fair process where a new Okuapehene will be outdoored. This decision is to forestall a change in our history.
Nana Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II Okyehene all we ask is for you to respect the seven-member committee set up by the Akuapem Traditional Council and allow it to work.
The committee chaired by the Adontenhene of Akuapem and Aburihene, Nana DjanKwesi II, has Odeefour Oteng Koranteng II, Berekusohene, Okatakyie Kusi Obuadum Amoyaw V, Aseseesohene as members.
The rest are Osabarima Opese Konadu II,Awukuguahene and acting Nifahene, Nana Sakyi Amoako, Adawsohene, Osaberima Asiedu Okoo Ababioo III, Lartehene and Akuapem Benkumhene and Nana Ansa Sasraku II, Manfehene and Akuapem Kyidomhene.
The committee was set up last during an end-of-year meeting of the Akuapem Traditional Council at Akropong in the Eastern region.
These are respected and highly revered chiefs who the indigenes of Okuapeman have lived with in peace and trust in their wisdom and rulings. We are of the conviction that they will deliver and an Okuapehene would be installed. An issue that Nana as the President of the Eastern Regional House of chiefs you have been copied.
Nana our understanding is that the aim of the committee was to meet with the Sakyiabea gate of the Asona Royal Family that was expected to produce the next Akuapemhene and settle the misunderstanding that had arisen.
The Sakyiabea family had produced one person to the throne namely, Odekye Kwasi Akufo and someone has also brought Odekye Kojo Kesse who is a tattooed royal, “but none of them is Okuapehene until the committee has met and deliberated on the issue and come to finality.”
“It is only one person who is expected to sit on the throne, our understanding is that the said committee would not tolerate any interference from anyone or group of persons.
All we ask is Nana allow the Okuapeman Traditional Council to work and ask you as the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs President to wait until the Okuapeman Traditional Council Committee concludes its work, it’s a good news to us and we expect you to be happy about the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that has been adapted by the house.
As we could remember as Odehye Nana Kwame Amoatia Ofori Atta, then you were approved and sworn-in by the Okyeman Council as the 35th Okyenhene at a ceremony at OforiPanin Fie in Kibi.
As Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II you succeeded your blood brother, Osagyefuo Kuntunkununku II.
This was occasioned by a dispute within the Kyebi Asona royal family over the nomination of a candidate for the vacant stool.
The dispute culminated in the filing of a court injunction on September 26th 1999 by a member of the family restraining the Abusuapanin, Bafour Kwabena Akowuah, from nominating any candidate for the stool.
A faction of the family also decided to remove the Abusuapanin the following day over their dissatisfaction about the manner he was handling the nomination process.
Commenting on the possible effect of the court injunction over the nomination and installation ceremony, a member of the Kyebi executive, the late Akyempemhene Barima Danso Abiam Kokoroko, explained that, “as far as we are concerned, the nomination was brought to our domain by the Abusuapanin on 5 September, three clear weeks before the injunction notice was filed”.”All the necessary customary performance were made and today’s is only to continue the process for which the injunction was too belated to have any effect on it”. He said.
Today Nana you are counted among the few and respected Paramount chiefs in Ghana and beyond.
We as citizens of the Eastern Region of Ghana are proud of the successes that you have chalked in the areas of Peace, Unity, Development, Education and Environment. Nana we say Ayekoooo.
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The Minister for Energy, Emmanuel BoakyeAgyarko, recently paid glowing tribute you as the Overlord of the Akyem Traditional Area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, for your tremendous role towards environmental sustainability.
According to the Minister, he described you as the King of the Forest, the way you have articulated issues of the environment than any other chief in the country, when it comes to environmental matters. Congrats Nana.
Nana all is not well. Wewant to join our indigenes that’s the Concerned Youth of Okuapeman with one voice based on the concernsthat has been raisedearlier and reechoing it once again.
As the President of the Regional House of chiefs we humbly advise you to stay away from attending programmes of chiefs who haven’t been gazzeted. Because of the respect you command.
Nana we are also aware that the judicial committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs is headed by its President, OsaagyefuoAmoatiaOforiPanin II.
As The President of the Eastern Regional house of Chiefs we are aware of your invitations and subsequent meeting with the Okuapehemaa and some of the Kingmakers to try and settle the matter. Since some of them are citing you as an authority.
These activities since the commencement of the process of installing the next Okuapehene have tended to instigate and fuel the litigation over the confinement of two separate candidates by the same royal House as a prelude to the installation of a new Okuapehene.
We are calling on you as OsagyefoAmotiaOforiPayinto rather look into the criminal act of breaking into the Omanhene’s Palace, the deafening silence of the President seemed to have legitimized the criminal act. And leave the Okuapeman Traditional Council to work.
As Okuapeman Youth for Unity, we share the concernsabout the consequences of the imminent protracted litigation in the Traditional Area. Something that we believe the council has a solution to deal with.
The looming chieftaincy dispute could negatively affect the development of the entire Akuapem Traditional Area and a possible domino effect in the Eastern Region as a whole.
Samantha Obesebea oateng –Convener 0551829568b