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General News of Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Source: GhanaWeb

Abdicate your stool in 7 days - Gbese Kingmakers to Nii Ayi Bonte

The Gbese Dzase or Kingmakers have given the ‘self-acclaimed’ Gbese Mantse, Thomas Okine popularly known as Nii Ayi Bonte a 7-day ultimatum to renounce his stool or they advise themselves.

According to them, Nii Ayi Bonte’s comments suggesting he will relinquish his stool when the NDC loses the 2016 elections was against the constitution of Ghana and the Code of Royal Ethics for Chiefs.

“As Kingmakers we consider his statement as a mounting to an invocation of a traditional oath and going contrary not only to the constitution of the Republic of Ghana but also against the Code of Royal Ethics for Chiefs , which is binding on all who parade themselves as Chiefs,” they emphasized.

According to them, the chief’s comments were divisive and in contradiction with the constitutional restriction of chiefs not to participate in partisan politics.

Addressing the press in Accra, the Kingmakers said Nii Ayi Bonte's active participation in politics- which is against the code of royal ethics for Chiefs has brought about disruptions in traditional affairs of the council.

Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte’s openly vowed at a function that he would step down from his stool should his party, the NDC loses the 2016 elections.

After the NDC suffered defeated in the polls, residents of Gbese traditional area in the Greater Accra region have called Nii Ayi Bonte to renounce the stool- which he has failed to comply.