By Cecil Mensah
The Ga Dangme Wolomo Council, the umbrella body of priests and priestess of the Ga state in the Greater Accra region, has stated categorically that Nii Tetteh Kwei II, known in private life as Fitz-Gerald Emmanuel Nii Amoi Tetteh-Quaye, is the legitimate Ga Dzaasetse of the Ga Paramount Royal Stool.
According to the Ga priests, the claim by the Chief Priest of Accra, Nai Wulomo Nuumo Akwaa Mensah III that Nii Yaote Oto-Ga is the substantive Dzaasetse or Kingmaker, was false and that by the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs (GARHC) Ruling, in Suit No. GARHC/P4/2007 Nii Yato Oto-Ga, is not recognized as the Dzaasetse.
Nuumo Ogbaame, Sakumo Wuulomo, performed customary rites to initiate Nii Tetteh Kwei as the Dzaasetse
To buttress their points, they noted that Nii Yaoto Oto-Ga’s name, did not even appear in the settlement Judgement passed by the GARHC.
Addressing a press conference in Accra over the Weekend, the Kla Wuulomo of the Ga State, Nuumo Kla noted that the authority of who nominates and endorses traditional leaders and the Ga Mantse, rests solely on Accredited members of the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase.
Numo Kla said, “Indeed, the prerogative to nominate, select and install traditional office holders within the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase, resides solely with the Accredited members of the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase and not with a confused, breakaway group which has clandestinely teamed up with other desperate and misguided elements within the Ga State, to hijack every power and authority within the Ga Dzaase and Ga State by hook or crook.”
In setting the record straight over the matter, Numo Kla, stressed that a group led by Nii Yaote Oto-Ga, who have been blacklisted by the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase, Tunma We, Abola-Accra, which is the only Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase body, mandated by custom to operate as such within the Ga State, cannot assume responsibility over endorsing and installing a substantive traditional office holders in the Ga State.
According to him, the Ga Dzaase and the Ga State would not sit down unconcerned to witness the uncustomary hijacking of the Dzaase and the Ga State by few “selfish corrupt, visionless traditional office holders, with negative plans to drive the Ga Dzaase and the Ga State into the abyss,” averring that, they will move on to implement the Final Ruling in the Application for review of the 1st April, 2014 Ruling initiated by Nii Yaote Oto-Ga II in Suit No. GARHC/P4/2007.
He noted that, there was an attempt to distort the Final Ruling in the Application for review fled on the 14th April, 2014 against the 1st April, 2014 Ruling by Nii Yaote Oto-Ga in Suit o. GARHC/P4/2007, by Numo Akwa Mensah III, Nai Wulomo, whose position is being contested by the Larkotey Aduawusi clan, Numo Ogbamey III, Sakumo Wulomo, Nii Yaote Oto-Ga II, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, Otublohum Mantse and Acting President, Ga Traditional Council, Nii Ayikai III, Akumanjay Mantse, Nii Adotey Otintor,
who they purports to be Sempe Mantse and Nii Kwatei Olemmla, who purports to represent Nii Owula Kpakpa Brofonyo II, Ga Akwashong Mantse respectively.
He also noted that the Ga Dzaase received a invitation on 13th March 2015 to meeting on the 14th March, 2015 by Numo Akwa Mensah and Num Ogbamey, but responded to be involved in such issues only at the appropriate forum and after its inaugural meeting with stakeholders of the Ga State on the 27th March, 2015, and by the ruling of the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, the Ga Dzaase extended an official invitation to both of them and other stakeholders of the Ga State.
Untitled3“It is of this reason that the declaration made by Numo kwa Mensah, Numo Ogbamey and their purported panel is a disgrace and an insult to the intelligence of all right thinking men and women of the Ga State,” he said.
“By what they have done, Numo Akwa Mensah, Numo Ogbamey and their cohorts have demonstrated to all that they are not truly seasoned and initiated in Ga Customs, norms, usages, conventions, practices and Tradition and therefore not competent to deliberate on such sensitive issues.”
“Secondly, they have demonstrated that they are not trustworthy in any form, since they have their own clandestine agenda hatched up against the Ga Dzaase and the Ga State.”
He averred that this was the third time Nii Yaote Oto-Ga II and his cohorts assembled their henchmen to hold the Ga Dzaase and the Ga State at ransom but this time with the Ga Mantsemei, stressing that, the substantive Ga Dzaasetse, Nii Tetteh Kwei, who is the Head, Leader and Father of the Ga Paramount Stool Dzase, Tunma We, Abola-Accra, and the Accredited Heads, Elders and Representatives of the a Paramount Stool Dzaase, Tunma We, Abola-Accra are ready to correct the wrongs that have been perpetrated over the years.
“The Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase presently calls on all men and women of Goodwill, the Chieftaincy Ministry, Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, the allied Law enforcement agencies, all and sundary to encourage and support our efforts to use peaceful and legitimate means to bring the above mentioned Nii Yaote Oto-Ga and his uncustomary cohorts to order.”