Nii Ayi Bonte II Kingmakers to pursue lawsuit against Gbese chief as ultimatum expires

Some kingmakers of Gbese last week gave the ‘self-acclaimed’ chief of Gbese, Nii Ayi Bonte II, a 7-day ultimatum to renounce his stool or they “advise themselves”.

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As the seven day ultimatum given to Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II to abdicate his throne expires today, Wednesday 28, 2016, some members of the Gbese Dzase have indicated that they intend seeking legal address in the matter.

Some kingmakers of Gbese last week gave the ‘self-acclaimed’ chief of Gbese, Nii Ayi Bonte II, a 7-day ultimatum to renounce his stool or they “advise themselves”.

READ ALSO: Gbese chief given 7-day ultimatum to abdicate his stool

The chief had earlier this year in the run-up to the elections vowed to destool himself if the NPP’s candidate (now president-elect), was voted as the president of Ghana after December 7.

He told a public function largely attended by members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) that President Mahama and the NDC government have done enough for the country and hence deserved to win the elections.

READ ALSO: Gbese Mantse appears at Nana Addo's meeting with Ga chiefs

But the tables turned on December 7 when Nana Addo polled 5, 716,026 million votes representing 53.85 % to beat the incumbent president John Dramani Mahama who had 4, 713,277 million votes representing 44.40 %.

Many have since begun calling for the head of the Gbese chief, asking him to stand by his words.

At a press conference on Wednesday, December 21, the Kingmakers said Nii Ayi Bonte's comments were against the code of royal ethics for chiefs and hence he should abdicate his throne.

READ ALSO: Gbese Mantse has our support - 'Real' Gbese Kingmakers


But at a counter press conference two days later at the premises of the Gbese Palace, another group led by Nii Ayi Adefio (Akwashong Manste), said they are the “Real Gbese Dzase”, adding that the group that gave Nii Ayi-Bonte II one-week to vacate his stool are ex-convicts.

“It is instructive to state that we represent the Principal Kingmakers of the Gbese Stool. This invitation is to expose the lack of capacity of the persons behind the Press Statement, who are widely known as ex-convicts whose disrespect to the authorities have left a scar for which they seek to have their pound of flesh,” said Nii Ayi Adefio.

According to them, the chief’s statement was taken out of contest.

They added that it is not a crime to belong to a political party.

“It is no crime to belong to a party or offer support to a political party whose policies one admires at a point in time. If ever the Gbese Stool wanted persons to speak on its behalf, for the dignity of the Stool, Ex-Convicts would not be selected to do so. We as Gbese Dzase wish to state that Nii Ayi-Bonte II has our support as the legitimate Gbese Mantse and still in office."

However, Gbese Shippi Numo Okai Keteku, the spokesperson for members of the Gbese Dzase, who gave the 7-day ultimatum, has told Accra-based Joy FM that they are meeting with their lawyers to initiate legal action towards the matter.

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