Attempts by NDC to drag Manhyia Palace into partisan politics unfortunate – NPP

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rejected claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that it intends to politicise the Manhyia palace.

Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mustapha Gbande, had suggested that the NPP intends to use the selection of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, a royal from the Manhyia palace, to drag the revered traditional institution into partisan politics.

But in an interview with Citi News, Haruna Mohammed, the Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, described Gbande’s comments as unfortunate.

“Unfortunately, when people are identified by where they come from, there is no doubt that Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is from a royal gate and that is a fact. The chief [Asantehene] touted this particular angle of which Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh comes.

Where lies the drawing of the Asantehene or the [Manhyia] palace into politics? The Asantehene’s palace is the most revered in our land. And I don’t think that the Asantehene has ever engaged himself in political activity.

“He is a very distinguished king who is much respected by the rank and file of the kingdom. But it is not a crime for any member that comes from that palace and without title within the chieftaincy divide within the palace to do politics.”

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