Over His Ethnocentric Comments
News Desk Report
Some dreaded Ga priests and priestesses known as Wolumei and Woyei, yesterday stormed the International Press Centre in Accra to evoke some known powerful Ga deities on the head of former flagbearer aspirant of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Osafo Marfo, over his secret tribal comments.
The priests and the priestesses, numbering more than five, clad in white traditional regalia without footwear amidst drumming and clapping of hands, poured libation for the gods to strike the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Akim Oda in the Eastern Region, over his divisive comment against non-Akans.
They prayed for tribal bigots to exorcise the Gbeshie -evil spirit in Ga – which is causing the NPP to insult Gas and their chiefs.
The group, ended their prayers by offering prayers for a united Ghana without bigots such as, Akufo Addo, the 2016 presidential aspirant of the party, Osafo Marfo and others, who are hell bent on dividing the country for their political interests.
The Wolumei, were at the launch of a broad-based pressure group, Coalition for the Defence of Equal Citizenry (CODEC), by one Ga elder, Nuumo Gua Wolomo from Asera Ga Mashie.
Speaking at the launch, the Convener of CODEC, Godwin Edudzi Tameklo, denounced the tribal intolerance of the former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning; Mr Marfo at an NPP strategic meeting in the Eastern Region.
The young lawyer said, the group was committed to defend the Constitution of Ghana, which enjoins all of them under Article 17 (2) which states that “A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour ethnic origin, creed or social or economic status”.
“We are committed to the equality of all Ghanaians and the preservation of personal liberties and the right to vote and be voted for no matter which region one hails from”, he noted.
For the avoidance of doubt, he set the record straight, revealing the meeting was held on January 29, 2015 at Oyinka Hotel at Effiduase, Koforidua.
According to him, the following party stalwarts were at the meeting Kiston Akuming Kissi, the Regional Chairman, Alhaji Umar Bodinga, the First Vice chairman, Prince Aboagye, the Regional Secretary, Nana Yaw Papin, the assistant Regional secretary, Alecs Agobo, former Regional secretary and two representatives from the thirty three Constituencies in the region.
He said, Mr Osafo Marfo, was heard claiming that the leaders of Ghana must only be drawn from five Akan-speaking regions.
According to Osafo Marfo, the Akan speaking regions, represent eighty- six percent of where the country’s mineral resources are located.
Mr Marfo, among other things claimed that Gas and Ewes are the same in terms of voting patterns, hence would vote against the NPP irrespective of the candidate presented, he added.
“We are totally astonished that Mr Marfo’s decades of public service and considerable exposure failed to instill in him the necessary spirit of nationalism and appreciation of the contributions of all Ghanaians towards the development of our country.
We are further amazed that in the 21st century, when many nations are making progress, a man of Mr Marfo’s caliber, should demonstrate such close mindedness on the criteria for selecting Ghana’s leaders” ,he posited.