Like Nana Addo, President Mahama has added a traditional ruler to his list of supporters. The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has assured President John Mahama of his full blessing, as long as he remains the country’s leader.
As part of his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour of the Ashanti region, President Mahama paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, who gave him his blessings ahead of the November elections.
The President was accompanied by Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, Ashanti Regional Minister John Alexander Ackon, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander COP Kofi Boakye, the Roads and Highways Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, top party officials, some appointees including Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Victor Smith, and other officials.
The Asantehene assured Mahama of his support, stating that he will certainly do anything that will be in favour of the country under his leadership.
He also called for peace ahead of the elections, stressing that he would hold Mahama as well as NPP flagbearer Nana Addo responsible for any breach during the elections. He explained that since they have both committed themselves to sustain peace in the country, they should work to ensure that peace prevails during the polls.
You are the one Ghanaians have voted for to rule us. Whatever I will do to help you for Ghana to progress, I shall do. I did same during President Kufuor’s regime when he went to Washington to seal the deal on HIPC, Otumfuo said.
Mahama in his response said he was committed to ensuring a peaceful election. He also mentioned some key projects in the Ashanti regional capital including a 70-kilometer asphalt overlay in Kumasi and surrounding communities, as well as a massive military hospital project.
The President was warmly welcomed by the Asantehene and his sub chiefs who sat in state together at the Asanteman Council before his arrival.