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Succession To The Ga Stool - Confusion Rages 4/16/2007
BREAKING: Court Injuction Stops Coronation
With only a day to the planned coronation in Accra of Dr. Jo Blankson, as Ga Mantse (King of the Ga Tribe), another person has been introduced to the seven clans in Ga Mashie as the new Ga Mantse.

Henry Nii Ayitey Ayitey, 53, was yesterday introduced by elders of Abola Piam, one of the four Ga Royal Gates, to the five out of seven clans in Ga Mashie, as the new Ga Mantse under the stool name, Nii Tackie Obli II.

He is the third person to have been nominated by the royal houses to succeed the late Ga Mantse, Boni Nii Amugi II, who was buried last January. The other two are Dr. Jo Blanskon and Kelvin Tackie, both who hail from the Teiko Tsuru We.

Amidst jubilation from followers clad in white, Nii Obli was taken to the five houses where libation was poured and a ram slaughtered to signify the acceptance of his nomination.

Nii Obli, a professional printer and publisher, is said to have been selected by the kingmakers about one and half years ago and was put in confinement for about a week as custom demanded. The houses where he was taken to were, Dantu We, Kokloto We, Asere We, Ardey Akwa We, and Frimpong We. Family sources told the Times that he would be taken to the two remaining clans, Agbon We and Sakumo We, on Tuesday to complete the introduction process.

He was introduced to the elders in the houses by the elders of Abola We, where he comes from amidst the firing of musketry, singing and dancing in the streets of Ga Mashie.

The introduction of the new chief coincided with a news conference by the leadership of the Ga Paramount Dzaase, the customary group mandated to instal Ga Mantse, at which the Head of Dzaase, Nii Yaote Oto-Ga declared the Dzaase’s intention to resist the planned coronation of Dr. Blankson as Ga Mantse on Saturday.

Nii Yaote Oto-Ga, told the Times on phone after the introduction of Nii Obli that the Dzaase is not in support of his nomination either because there were some irregularities in his selection and nomination.

"They are only adding up to the confusion," he stated, adding that the kingmakers would soon introduce the rightful successor to the throne.

Dr. Blankson was the first to have been announced publicly as the successor to the stool but his selection and nomination was challenged by the Dzaase and three royal houses who maintained that he did not qualify.

It was followed by the announcement by Nii Teiko Tsuru We, just a day to the burial of the late Ga Mantse on January 27, that Kelvin Nii Tackie, as the legitimate candidate for the stool.

Tomorrow’s planned coronation of Dr Jo Blankson as the next Ga King may not come off after all because an injunction has been placed on it


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