Bill Okaidja Annan Is NOT Gbese Mantse
The Principal Kingmaker of the Gbese Stool in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Okai Kasablafo IV, has warned Mr. Bill Okaidja Annan, also known as Nii Okaidja III, to with immediate effect stop conducting himself as the Chief of the Gbese traditional area.
According to him, the area has only one bona fide Gbese Mantse in the person of Nii Ayi Bonte II, adding that it is a title he (Nii Ayi Bonte) does not share with anybody.
Educating the media on the process of entooling a Gbese Mantse at a press briefing, the Principal Kingmaker of Gbese explained that the House whose turn it was to elect the Mantse meets and chooses a candidate.
According to him, the head of the family then presents the nominated candidate to the Dsasetse who is the Principal Kingmaker for him to assess the suitability of the nominee and cause his confinement.
“Confinement is done at Arde Akwa We/Nii Ammah Wusu Ahyia We, which is the only house mandated to do so, where the candidate undergoes tutelage under the Akwakashongtse,” he stressed.
He added that the candidate is taken to the stool room, where he undergoes a ritual of bringing out the Sceptre of office. The nominee swears the oath of allegiance to the Stool, the Principal Kingmaker and vice–versa as well as other Elders of the Gbese Stool.
Nii Okai Kasablafo IV continued that on an appointed date the nominee does the swearing again at Gbese Blohum and to the people of Gbese over whom he superintendents over.
He mentioned that unlike Bill Okaidja Annan, Nii Ayi-nBonte II has undergone all of the above processes without exception, saying he has sworn the traditional Oaths before him, (Nii Okai Kasablafo IV).
“It is trite knowledge that no one enstools himself a Chief/ King unless he has secured the authorized endorsement of the principal kingmaker of the Gbese Stool. The only recognized Chief of the good people Gbese is and remains Nii Ayi Bonte II,” he charged.
“We state with all vehemence that the said Bill Annan does not hail from the 3rd Royal Ruling House and when he challenged Nii Tetteh Ahinakwa II and Nii Ayi Bonte II at the High Court, the action was dismissed and therefore has no Locus Stand. Indeed, he was a meddlemomed interloper”, he said.
He further disclosed that the Supreme Court in its ruling on April 29, 2010 by majority of 4-1 in favour of Nii Ayi BonteII has given them the order and legality to reoccupy the Gbese Palace to perform their chiefly duties.
He has therefore ordered that all occupants of the Gbese stool properties are to deal with Nii Ayi-Bonte II and his elders with immediate effect.
They also served notice to the general public that whoever purports to transact any business with Bill Okaidja Annan (Alias Nii Okaidja III) does so at his or her own risk because the legal effect of the said judgment is that Nii Ayi Bonte II is the rightful successor to the late Nii Okai Pesemaku III.