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15.01.2009 Politics

``Antoa Man`` penciled for Ambassadorial Post

By Issah Alhassan, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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INTELLIGENT REPORTS available to your authoritative Chronicle reveals that the controversial Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Daniel Ohene Agyekum, whose infamous invocation of the powerful River goddess in Ashanti, earned him the title “Antoa King”, may leave the shores of the country for an ambassadorial post.

Sources indicate that the NDC Chairman, who played a leading role in the party's success story in the Ashanti Region in the recently held elections, would be heading for a European country to represent the country as an Ambassador.

The position, according to information, is to enable the Chairman, whose health status remains somehow suspicious, to take some respite and recuperate from the wearisome period of campaign, which must have had a heavy toll on his health.

Mr. Agyekum is a retired diplomat in the erstwhile PNDC regime where he represented the country as Higher Commissione in Canada, before he returned in1992, after Ghana adopted constitutional rule. He therefore, possesses the needed competence and experience required for a diplomatic duty.

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDC had often made reference on several occasions to his international career as a diplomat and knows a lot of political intricacies, when he came under intense criticisms from a section of the public, after he claimed to have discovered a conspiracy on the part of the Electoral Commission which denied the NDC flag bearer a lot of votes in the 2004 elections, and also for his invocation of the powerful river deity, 'Antoa Nyammaa'.

Coincidentally, Mr.Agyekum is a member of the sub-committee on international relations of the ruling party's transitional team, which has Mr. Victor Gbeho as Chairman. Speculations were rife that the contentious chairman would be nominated once again to the position of Ashanti Regional Minister, a post he held before the defeat of the NDC regime in 2000.

Certain bigwigs of the NPP, such as the Ashanti Regional Campaign Coordinator of the Nana Akufo-Addo Campaign Team in the December 2008 elections, Lawyer Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as “Sir John”, dreaded Mr. Agyekum's comeback, describing the controversial NDC chairman as a man filled with vengeance and vindictiveness.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ohene Agyekum has ruled out any possibility of being nominated for the position of the Ashanti Regional Minister, saying he was not interested in the job. Speaking in a telephone interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Agyekum said even though he was not personally lobbying for any position, he would not reject the offer of being appointed as an ambassador.

“I have not at the moment made any appeal to the President for any position since it is still early days, but I would not decline the opportunity to serve the country as an ambassador,” he stated.

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