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Paul Adom-Otchere lied - Asogli State Council reacts to allegations against Togbe Afede

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Togbe Afede XIV
Togbe Afede XIV
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Asogli State Council has in a five-point statement reacted to some allegations made against Togbe Afede by Paul Adom-Otchere.

According to the statement, they "ordinarily would not respond to comments from Paul Adom-Otchere, knowing who he is. But while they ponder a more suitable reaction, specific allegations he made cannot be ignored."

The statement said the numbers Paul Adom-Otchere presented on Togbe's attendance at meetings of the Council of State are both incorrect and misleading and are a disingenuous attempt to discredit Togbe's performance at the Council. We challenge him to provide the Council's attendance register from which he compiled his numbers for all to know the truth.

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV has explained his rejection of over GH¢365,000 ex-gratia paid him for serving on the Council of State between 2017 and 2020.

Togbe Afede said he finds it inappropriate to receive the said amount when he already took monthly salaries for serving on the Council.

Togbe Afede XIV in a statement said, “I did not think the payment was made to trap me, as is being speculated. I believe it was paid to everybody who served on the Council of State. However, I thought that extra payment was inappropriate for a short, effectively part-time work, for which I received a monthly salary and was entitled to other privileges.”

“So, I was very uncomfortable with it,” Togbe Afede added.

According to him, he explored avenues to return the money which hit his account in July 2021, which he successfully effected on March 4, 2022, adding that “after weeks of trying, I obtained advice on how to refund inappropriate payments to the State, and on March 4, 2022, I made the refund into the Controller & Accountant General’s Department Account at the Bank of Ghana.”

“I want to add that my rejection of the payment was consistent with my general abhorrence of the payment of huge ex-gratia and other outrageous benefits to people who have by their own volition offered to serve our poor country,” the statement concluded.

His clarifications come after many questioned the rationale behind the refund.