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Kingmakers give Gbese Mantse 7 days to abdicate

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Nii Ayi Bonte
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The troubles of Gbese Mantse Nii Ayi Bonte over comments that he would abdicate his stool if President John Mahama failed to win the 2016 presidential elections seem far from over.

His kingmakers have joined calls for him to abdicate the stool as he promised and given him a seven-day ultimatum to do so or face action.

According to Numo Okai Keteku, Nii Ayibonte had not only breached the constitution of Ghana but the code of royal ethics as well.

Speaking at a press conference organised by the kingmakers, "as kingmakers, we consider his statement as amounting to an invocation of a traditional oath enjoined contrary not only to the constitution of the Republic of Ghana but also against the code of royal ethics for chiefs which is binding on all who parade themselves as chiefs"

"It is our view that once he has breached the constitution as well as his traditional oath, the honourable thing for him, Thomas Okine, to do in the circumstances is to stop holding himself out as Gbese Mantse and to step down as vowed by him", he added.

He, therefore, issued "a seven-day ultimatum from today to do what he himself offered to do or we shall advise ourselves".

A few days to the December 7 elections, an emotionally charged Nii Ayi Bonte II – famously known as Tommy Okine of Hearts of Oak fame – was seen at a public function largely attended by members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), vowing to destool himself if the NPP’s candidate, now president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo, was voted as the president of Ghana after 7th December, and subsequently sworn in on 7 January, 2017.