The Asogli Traditional Council (ATC) has pronounced sanctions against the National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddie Blay, by putting a ‘persona-non-grata’ status on him for his alleged attack on the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV.
The council, comprising 33 traditional areas in the Volta Region, cited the failure of Mr Blay to apologise to Togbe Afede XIV, who is also the President of the Asogli Traditional Council, for his alleged comments against him as the basis for their action.
A statement jointly signed by four paramount chiefs of the area, said “Mr Freddie Blay should consider himself unwanted in the region and the Asogli Traditional Area, which will become a bitter experience for him, hereafter.”
Togbe Kwaku Ayim IV of Ziavi, Togbe Fia Korku III of Sokode, Togbe Kwaku Agbi III of Hoviefe and Togbe Adanu Sakrafo X of Goviefe signed the statement, whereby they expressed their disappointment at the NPP national chairman for his misconduct and disrespect’ despite calls on him to apologise to Togbe Afede.
According to them, Mr Blay who is married from the traditional area "unfairly misjudged, unjustifiably employed misguided statements and intentionally insulted the integrity and personality of Togbe Afede," which was an indirect attack on chiefs of Eweland.
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The NPP chairman by his conduct, the chiefs noted, had summarily tainted his working relationship with the council and the region at large; adding that his safety would not be guaranteed should he visit the area.
Blay’s in-laws reaction
Meanwhile, the chiefs of Taviefe Traditional area, where Mr Blay’s wife, Mrs Gina Blay hails from, have called on their in-law, to render an unqualified apology to the overlord of the Asogli State.
The chiefs in a statement, said as members of the Asogli Traditional Council, they had followed the utterances of Mr Blay and by virtue of being married from their area, Mr Blay had become one of them, for which reason he should share in their beliefs, values, norms and traditions as an in-law.
The statement which was jointly signed by the regent, Von Senyo Zigga-Abortta; divisional chiefs, Togbe Akpanya III and Togbe Tsikata II as well as the Mankrado queenmother, Mama Sewa Fenu III, had been copied to the Daily Graphic.
“It is the general notion that reasoned arguments should not result in personal attacks, simply because imagination is often at war with reason and fact. But to react to demean is rather worrisome and incontrovertibly unacceptable to the chiefs and people of Taviefe,” the chiefs noted and urged Mr Blay to apologise unequivocally to Togbe Afede in the interest of peace, love and respect.
The NPP national chairman was reported to have described as ‘palm wine business talk’, comments made by Togbe Afede regarding Mr Blay’s purchase of some 275 buses for constituencies ahead of the party’s national delegates’ conference in Koforidua.
Togbe Afede, according to reports at a recent national house of chiefs meeting in Kumasi questioned the propriety of such a gesture, noting that it could be a ground for corruption.
Mr Blay in response, questioned if Togbe Afede, a chief, and a businessman, made his money as a palm wine tapper,which angered members of the Asogli State, who had earlier issued a statement to demand an apology from him.