Otumfuo Lauds Bawumia: You’re Respectful, Humble

Dr. Bawumia paying homage to Otumfuo


THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has described the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, as a humble and respectful person.

According to the Asante Monarch, despite occupying the revered vice presidential seat for nearly eight years, Dr. Bawumia hasn’t changed as he is still humble and respectful.

The Asantehene has, therefore, admonished the NPP presidential candidate to continue to remain humble and respectful to all manner of people whom he would have an encounter with.

“I know you. You have not changed, and I will urge you to continue to be humble and respectful to all manner of people who will come your way as you explain your vision to transform Ghana to them,” he said.

Otumfuo made the comments when Dr. Bawumia led his campaign team and other NPP members to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

Dr. Bawumia’s visit to the palace on Wednesday morning, which was the last day of his three-day campaign tour of the Ashanti Region, also offered him the opportunity to seek Otumfuo’s blessings for his presidential ambition.


Bawumia’s Competence

The Asantehene also stated that he knows that Dr. Bawumia has what it takes to lead the country as President but he was quick to advise him to work hard towards his dream.

“I know you very well and I know you can work as President,” Otumfuo pointed out, and added that “I will pray for you,” reiterating that Dr. Bawumia should explain his policies to the citizenry.

“You have disclosed your vision to transform Ghana to me here today and I will encourage you to visit the nook and cranny of the country and thoroughly explain your vision to the people,” he said.

He said President Akufo-Addo saw something special in Dr. Bawumia so he appointed him as his running mate and eventually Vice President, and that alone shows the competence of Dr. Bawumia.

Otumfuo also urged Dr. Bawumia to let the people know what the present NPP administration could not do ‘and tell them what your plans are to make things better for the country and its people’.

“Tell the people what the present NPP government couldn’t do in political office and what your own plans are to transform the country as President and that would boost people’s trust in you,” he said.


Prays for Bawumia

The Asantehene assured Dr. Bawumia of his support and prayers even as he campaigns across the 16 regions of the country for votes ahead of the December 7 election.


Ghana Needs Development

The Asantehene observed that even though President Akufo-Addo’s government has done its best, more work is needed to be done to help expedite the transformation of the country.

“Ghana needs development and transformation, the Akufo-Addo’s government has done its part, yet there is more work to be done since the country cannot be fully developed in a day.

“No government can transform Ghana in a single day. Development is a continuous process, so successive governments come and do their best and go,” Otumfuo indicated.


Bawumia Campaign Team

He also advised members of the Dr. Bawumia’s campaign team not to forcibly push their wishes and wants on the NPP flagbearer, adding that “you should rather correct him when he is going wayward.”


FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi