Galamsey comment: I owe Manhyia Palace no apology; the battle line has been drawn – Odike

ODIKE is leader and Founder of the United Progressive Party

The Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ says he owes the Manhyia Palace no apology indicating his readiness to face off with members of the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC).

The politician says he remains unfazed after he was attacked by gun-wielding men Monday afternoon. When asked why he had no regrets, Odike said: “People who are after my life, how can I apologize to them? They want to kill me so why should I go on my knees and beg them? That portion is past and gone. No reconciliation.

“The battle lines have been drawn. I have to take good care of myself and see how the Police will assist me in terms of security” he added.

The circumstances surrounding Monday’s attack is currently being investigated by police in the Ashanti Region.

recently incurred the wrath of Manhyia Palace in Kumasi for his comments on the role of chiefs in illegal mining.

Speaking on a Kumasi-based radio station, Mr. Akwasi Addai unequivocally criticised chiefs for failing to help end the ‘galamsey’ menace.

He charged the youth to rise up and demonstrate against chiefs if the traditional rulers fail to come clear on their roles in or stance against illegal mining.

But his comment was described as distasteful and unsubstantiated, meant to dent the image of Manhyia.

Some chiefs of the Kumasi Traditional Council on Friday performed rituals and slaughtered a ram to ostensibly banish Odike from Manhyia.

The chiefs consider the words of Odike as disrespectful, hence he should have no business at Manhyia.

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