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General News of Wednesday, 13 May 2015


Togbui Afede consented to NDC committee offer – Asiedu Nketia

The General secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has revealed that the Agbogbomefia of Asogli, Togbe Afede XIV had earlier given his consent to be a member of the economic committee of the party.

According to him an emissary who was sent to the businessman to inform him of the party’s decision to include him on the committee came back with an affirmative response.

But the CEO of the World Trade Center- Accra has said he never agreed to join the committee since his role as a chief bars him from active politics.

“I am currently in London and just read the news of my appointment onto the committee online. I am sorry I cannot accept the offer because the Constitution does not permit chiefs to engage in politics.

"I am willing to provide professional expertise to any government to serve the interest of Ghanaians but I cannot serve on any committee of any political party.” Togbe Afede told graphic online.

However, speaking to Fiifi Banson host of Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3FM on Wednesday, Asiedu Nketia also known as General Mosquito, said the party was under the impression that the chief had agreed to be part of the committee.

“We deliberately sent someone to inform him of our intention to include him on the committee and the indication we had was positive.

“But maybe there was some gab in the communication but as of the time we were inaugurating the committee, we knew that he had agreed to serve.

“But we respect that fact that he is a chief and it may be difficult for him to be on the committee so we respect his views and we will take it into account and act accordingly,” he said.