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Opinions of Thursday, 7 July 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Mahama and Otumfuo: You scratch my back, I scratch yours

Isn’t it said, “One good turn deserves another”? Could this dictum not be the logical basis for the ongoing “I scratch your back, you scratch my back” phenomenon between the two inseparable buddies, President Mahama and the Asante “Overlord”?

Sometime in year 2013, after that infamous dismissal ruling by the Supreme Court on Election 2012 petition, it was alleged by the Managing Editor, Alhaji Suraju Musah Mohamed, of The New Free Press based at Abavana Down in Accra, that Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, had played a demeaning, but maliciously criminal role to get such a verdict declared by the apex court of Ghana.

According to the Managing Editor, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had served as a conduit to facilitate the bribing of some Supreme Court judges hence the twisting of election 2012 verdict in favour of his fantastical buddy, President John Dramani Mahama.

Let us assume that the Managing Editor had lied; his accusation against Asantehene was frivolous, the figment of his imagination. However, what about Otumfuo vaingloriously warning some Kumawuman elders when he summoned them before him at his Kumasi Manhyia Palace, saying, “I have been able to install the President of Ghana let alone, Kumawuhene. No matter what you do, the person (Dr Yaw Sarfo) I support, according as chosen by Kumawuhemaa, shall become the Kumawuhene”.

This was during the time that he was doing whatever was, and is still, in his power, to force the Kumawu kingmakers not only to select but also, to install Dr Yaw Sarfo as the Kumawuhene-elect.

When one puts one and two together, one can form their own conclusion as to whether or not the Editor had lied about the alleged role played by Otumfuo in the Supreme Court ruling on Election 2012 petition filed by Nana Akufo Addo, Dr Bawumia and the late Okanta Obetsebi-Lamptey.

Being such good “Yentie obiaa” buddies, is there any wonder seeing Otumfuo bless President Mahama and wish him all the best in the impending election 2016? Is it not said that birds of the same feathers flock together? Are they not the very two individuals spearheading the perpetuation of unprecedented corruption in the history of Ghana that is ruining the lives of many an ordinary Ghanaian?

Asantehene appears in this case to have been the first person to scratch President Mahama’s back-if his boastful assertion of having been able to install someone as the President of Ghana is anything to go by.

Unless he was being frivolous, purporting to absurdly intimidate the Kumawuman elders to go his way, one will logically have to exonerate the Managing Editor of the New Free Press from any libelous blame or accusation.

Since then, President Mahama has been laboriously intervening to save his friend, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, from disgrace whenever any looms ominously upon him.

How often than not has the noose nearly closed in upon his neck in the ongoing Kumawu chieftaincy dispute, only to be saved by the timely, although criminal, intervention, by President Mahama? Has President Mahama not contacted judges and highly placed police personnel on behalf of Asantehene in his intransigent pursuit of forcing that allegedly puppet Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua on the good people of Kumawuman?

Asantehene knows very well that he has absolutely no right to impose, or to seek to impose, anyone on Kumawuman as their paramount chief. Nonetheless, as criminal-minded as he has always been-dating from his years spent residing in Canada and the United Kingdom, he is pushing for the realisation of that very breach of convention.

Amazingly, President Mahama is solidly behind him in pursuit of the materialisation of their joint criminal interests.

What a perfect payback “scratch your back” time for Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

However, let it be known to him without mincing words that no matter what they do, time will catch up with them when they will no longer be able to fool the people of Kumawuman.

As long as God is in control, Asantehene and President Mahama will not be allowed to collude to rewrite the history of Kumawuman to suit their parochial, selfish and criminal interests by way of their ongoing interferences with the courts to delay or to twist justice in favour of the supposed Asante Overlord.

I hope Asantehene is not planning to organise another fake peace-seeking meeting at his Manhyia Palace for the Presidential-aspirants for election 2016 where he will admonish them to accept whatever results are declared by Mrs Charlotte Osei, their other colleague in crime. He dare not to, for “once bitten, twice shy”! We are all witnesses to what he did via a similar meeting to aid his buddy land at the presidency probably through the backdoor in year 2012.

We don’t look forward to seeing that bitter history repeats itself.

Do you blame these two narrow-focused individuals who think abundant possession of material wealth and power by all means possible is the utmost joy in a person’s life here on earth hence scratching one another’s back when it irritates badly?

No, you shouldn’t, for it is said, “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. Let them enjoy while the sunshine. However, they should not weep when the table overturns.

As long as God Almighty lives, Kumawuman will rise to defeat the evil enterprises hatched by Asantehene and his bunch of accomplices in their attempts to rewrite the rich history of Kumawuman to suit their selfish ego.

As long as God Almighty does neither sleep nor slumber, President Mahama shall be defeated come election 2016. Ghana can no longer cope with the evils being perpetuated by these two, sorry to say, but sadly of course, corrupt leaders of Ghana.