The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has revealed that the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, was his personal lawyer. Most interestingly, he said Nana Addo never charged him legal fees throughout the period he served him.
Oyumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene of Ashanti made this surprising disclosure on Thursday, when Nana Addo [during his five-day tour of the region] with other delegates paid him a courtesy visit at his Manhyia palace.
The Asantehene explained that Akufo-Addo used to be his personal lawyer when he was still a legal practitioner and have not ventured into active politics. According tpo him, he himself was not yet a chief then. It was in the course of this that he also noted that Nana Addo never charged him a dine.
Akufo-Addo is my lawyer, I want all of you here to listen. I used to go to court with him, at a time he was not involved in frontline politics, and when I was not a Chief. Nana Addo never charged me a pesewa for the cases he did for me. We even sat in the same car most of the time.
Otumfuo also told Nana Addo and his entourage that the NPP was founded in the Ashanti region. Confirming the already known belief, he said it was his uncle who gave the founders 700, 000 pounds with which the party was established. He emphasized that the Ashanti region will ever remain the home of the NPP.
Speaking further, he noted that his position as a traditional ruler forbids him from being involved in partisan politics. He therefore, will not take sides with any political aspirant. However, he emphasized that what he wants is development in all areas for his people.
According to him, he is in support of whoever will implement policies that will bring about these required developments.
As a Chief, all I am fighting for is education for all the school going children, quality and affordable healthcare for my people, good roads for the communities and jobs for my young men and women. The good of Ghana and of my people is what I am after. I am after one who will come work for my people.
So all I can say is that I want development for my people. If you win let us see the schools, industries, roads, hospitals and the many others, that’s all I want to see for my people as a king.
He however charged the NPP flag bearer to take note of all the promises he is making to the people and ensure that he gives account of them when he wins the election.
The Asantehene also noted that two weeks ago, President Mahama, also called on him as part of his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour. According to him, he urged the President to also “account to the people for all the things he promised to do, which he could not achieve, as well as account for all the things he has done…”
Before they left, Otumfuo Osei poured his blessings on Nana Akufo Addo, the same way he did to President Mahama. He finally urged him to ensure that he implements all his outlined manifesto policies when he hits success.