NPP Recongnises Ga Mantse---Jake, (Tuesday March 16, 2010, pg 16)

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will continue to recognise the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III, so far as he remains the installed head of the Ga State.
The Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, made the remark in an interview with the Daily Graphic when he led a team of the National and the Greater Accra Regional Executives of the party to pay a courtesy call on the Ga Mantse in Accra.
The visit was to enable the party introduce its new executives as well as seek the blessing of Ga Mantse in its effort to recapture political power in the next general in 2012.
The meeting with the Ga Mantse was attended by the Tema Mantse, Nii Adjetey Kraku III, the Osu Mantse, Nii Nortey Owuo III, Nii Kwabena Bonnie V of Osu Alata, Nii Dodoo Nsaki of Otublohum, Nii Ayikai III, and other leaders of the Ga Traditional Council.
Among the NPP executives present were the first National Vice-Chairman, Mr Fred Oware, the National Treasurer, Madam Esther Ofori, the Communication Director, Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Mr Ishmael Ashitey and the Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Mr Mohammed Adjei-Sowah.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said the party since its formation in 1992 had always paid homage to the occupant of the Ga stool saying “since the present occupier of the stool was installed the party will not be drawn into the decision of the NDC government not to recognise the Ga Mantse.”
“I have led delegations here since 1992, how can we then stop now? It is not our business to interfere into chieftaincy matters,” he maintained.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Ga Traditional Council for the warm reception it accords the NPP whenever the party visits the council.
He said the NPP remained committed to ensuring that Ghana’s democracy thrived while pursuing stringent measures that would ensure that it comes back to power to continue the development agenda its started.
He appealed to the Ga youth to eschew violence and support other Gas that have taken upon themselves to push forward the development agenda of the Ga state and the country in general.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said rather than insulting people who meant well for the Ga state, it was better to channel such energies into ventures that would promote the interest of their communities.
The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah, commended the party for successfully electing its leadership without any problems.
He said the Ga state is particularly delighted that one of its own, Jake Obetseb-Lamptey had been given the mandate to lead a party which his father had played an instrumental role in laying the foundation stones.
He said the doors of the traditional council remained open to any political party that sought the interest of the country saying “ we know you and other politicians mean well for this country but we are not sure whether we can all do it if we allow animosity to affect the fortunes of the country.”
“Lets us be compatriots with a common purpose, let us have Ghana always at heart so that the people of Ghana can prosper by all we do in the name of politics,” The Ga Mantse stated.
The Tema Mantse, Nii Kraku III, stated that it was heart-warming that the party elected a leadership of national character and advised the executives not to allow in-fighting to divide them but rather unite and champion a common cause for the achievement of their objective.
The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, for his part pledged the party’s commitment to a violent-free politics in the Greater Accra region for that matter the entire country.

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