A group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Okyeman are demonstrating at Asamankese in the Eastern region against former President John Mahama over the ‘Akyem Sakawa’ saga.
Mr. Mahama’s sharing of article by Bolga Central Member of Parliament Isaac Adongo on Facebook in which he labelled some individuals in government involved in the controversial Agyapa deal as ‘Sakawa-Akyem boys’ has sparked uproar among members of the ruling New Patriotic Party and other groups.
President Akufo-Addo in response to the labelling complained to Catholic Bishops at a meeting at the Jubilee House to condemn the former President.
The President said: “It is completely unacceptable. If I were to get up to make comments about Northerners or Gonjas, you can imagine the uproar that would be in the country.” A comment the opposition also referred to as tribalistic against Northerner”.
The demonstrators clad in red and black wearing armband and headgear hoisted several placards with various inscriptions such as “divisive NDC, JM you have lost our respect, Name-calling; Akyems can do worse please, NDC and JM where are your policies, we Akyems will no longer stand for this, Let’s reject JM and NDC and its bigotry”.
Barima Mensah Essah Bediako II -Anum -Asamankese Chief representing the Osiawuo division of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, and the State Secretary of Akyem Abuakwa D.M Ofori Atta were spotted among the demonstrated.
One of the Coveners of the demonstration Nana Yaw Asembi Nti told the media that, they are demanding an apology from Mr. Mahama within 72 hours else they will impress upon the three paramountcies in Akyem -Bosome, Kotoku and Abuakwa – to ban all political activities of the NDC.