Nullify banishment before I can come and apologize – Odike to Kumasi Traditional Council
The Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ has explained his inability to appear before the Kumasi Traditional Council on Thursday.
According to him, he failed to show up because he has been banished from entering the Manhyia Palace.
Mr. Akwasi Addai said this in an interview on Joy FM‘s Top Story.
“I did not go because I have been banished from Manhyia Palace and traditional instructions have to be respected,” he said.
Mr. Addai was banished for comments he made on Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM, where he unequivocally criticised the chiefs for failing to help end the galamsey menace.
He was also accused of inciting the youth to rise up and demonstrate against chiefs if they fail to come clear on their roles in or stance against illegal mining.
The chiefs in this regard considered the words of Odike as disrespectful and slaughtered a ram in a traditional rite to prevail on the gods to help resist any rebellion against the Asante Kingdom.
Mr. Addai said banishment “is a spiritual matter, it is not as physical as you may term them. I have been banished, a sheep has been slaughtered, a slur has been cast on my personality, it is not a joke so if I step there, anybody can come after me that I have disrespected the elders and come to the palace where I have been banished and kill me,” he said.
Mr. Addai asked the Kumasi Traditional Council to terminate the banishment before he can go before them and render his apology and also pay for his wrongs.