The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is gone defiant with the Akyem Sakawa tag declared on President Akufo-Addo and his family and friends involved in the controversial Agyapa deal, including Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, Gaby Asare-Otchere Darko and Kofi Osafo-Marfo son of the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo.
This comes as there seems to be a turf war stoking as a group calling itself the Progressive Akyem Citizens (PAC) has fired back at the Concerned Citizens of Okyeman, following the latter's demonstration against the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama.
The new group which has Kwabena Yeboah-Korankye alias Okyeman Lawyer as the Chairman ,while Kwame Otchere is the Secretary with Alex Amoah as its Organizer, said they had wished that their "friends will cut this pettiness and fight for the welfare of our Akyem land".
"We see their action as reckless and dangerous to our beautiful democracy built over the years as a country," they said in a statement they issued.
Party member upon party member insisted that Mr Mahama, will not render an apology over the tag.The NDC's National Youth Organizer, insisting he will resign from the party if former President John Mahama, who amplified the 'Akyem Sakawa boys' tag apologises over it.
"If that happens I will leave the NDC, because there is nothing to apologise for. The article was in the context of those who are involved in the deal, so there is nothing to apologise for," George OpareAddo told Bola Ray on Starr Chat.
The Concerned Citizens of Okyeman on Wednesday, embarked on a demonstration, protesting against the usage of the "Akyem Sakawa Boys" on some elements in Government.They became the first group to be granted the chance to demonstrate, despite Government's ban on public activities over the covid-19 scare.
The group, made up of the chiefs and residents of Akyem Abuakwa, Kotoku, and Bosome, on Wednesday demonstrated at Asamankese in the Eastern region against former President John Mahama, over the 'Akyem Sakawa' tag.
They demanded an apology from Mr Mahama, who shared an article originally from the MP for Bolgatanga Central. But their action has quickly being countered by the PAC, describing it "misguided emotionalism".
But the second group calling itself the Progressive Akyem Citizens (PAC) fires back at the Concerned Citizens of Okyeman, following the latter's demonstration against Mr Mahama.
In a statement to discredit the existence of any group called Concerned Citizens of Okyeman, PAC, says the demonstration on Wednesday was reckless.
Spokesperson for the NDC 2020 campaign, James Agyenim Boateng, has also said the former President will not apologise, adding attempts to deliberately misinterpret the statement, is mischievous and unfortunate.
On Wednesday, Mr Agyenim Boateng, said the demonstration is a deliberate attempt to divert attention from the party's manifesto.
"The point that Adongo made was that certain people close to the President are involved in some shady deal. There's no apology to render because Mr Mahama, has not used the word being attributed to him.
"Those demanding an apology need to show they are members of government and also need to show they are behind the shady deal. This is a deliberate attempt to overshadow the NDC manifesto and we can clearly see through."
Mr Mahama's sharing of an article by Bolga Central Member of Parliament Isaac Adongo on Facebook in which he labelled some individuals in government involved in the controversial Agyapa deal as 'Sakawa-Akyem boys' has sparked uproar among members of the NPP.
A group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Okyeman on Wednesday demonstrated at Asamankese in the Eastern region against former President Mahama over the 'Akyem Sakawa' tag.
The demonstrators clad in red and black wearing armband and headgear hoisted several placards with various inscriptions such as "divisive NDC, JM you have lost our respect, Name-calling; Akyems can do worse please, NDC and JM where are your policies, we Akyems will no longer stand for this, Let's reject JM and NDC and its bigotry".
But the other group fired back "that, this so called Concerned Citizens of Okyeman hurriedly put together for partisan purpose does not represent the entire Akyem land. They are a few politically motivated young men who have come together to do the political bidding of their paymasters, adding "as people interested in the development of Akyem, we condemn these acts of political infiltration aimed at maligning other politicians especially John Mahama of the NDC in the name of Okyeman".
"That, we as a group wish to state in no uncertain terms that the use of the word 'Akyem Mafia' and other tribal related comments to refer to Ghanaian politicians in our body politics was not started yesterday and John Mahama of the NDC is not the originator. The first time we heard of Akyem mafia was when Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy, a former campaign manager of then candidate Akufo-Addo, published in his book entitled 'Chasing the elephant into the bush: the politics of complacency'. In the said book, Dr. Kennedy sought to describe the behavior of certain political figures in the NPP who had surrounded Nana AkufoAddo who, according to him, caused his 2008 presidential defeat through their mafia works. This gave birth to the AKYEM/KYEBI MAFIA tag on some few NPP power brokers. Where was these group? What has changed today? Is it that they endorsed the Mafia tag because Dr. Arthur Kennedy was a member of the NPP or it espoused the political might of those few Akyem political power brokers? Isn't this ridiculous?
They added "we also want to state clearly that the post on facebook which was only republished by Mr. John Mahama has the member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central as the originator, and queried "why have our brothers decided to crucify Mr. John Mahama who only shared a comment by somebody? Is this a case of let's hang the dog and give it a bad name?
"For the records, Hon. Adongo in that Facebook post used the Akyemsakawa boys to refer to a few people in government who have been engaging in fraudulent acts and were pushing for another, named Agyapa Royalties deal. He, at no point referred to we, the people of Akyem, as Sakawa People".
They noted that it will be anoverstretch, born out of partisan political mischief, for anybody to extend and generalise such specific description of a few of our compatriots in government, to all Akyems".
To them, "such a reckless Generalisation, triggered by His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, and inciting this NPP group, only seeks to further divide us as Akyems and create unnecessary tension in our Republic", and added that "Rather than showing such blind Solidarity to a few of our Powerful kingsmen in Government, we will advise our compatriots to channel their energies in advising them to behave in a manner that brings honour to we, the citizens of Akyems".
"Again, we demand no apologies from Mr. John Mahama since he has committed no wrong.We wish to tell our Akyem brothers that there are other pressing issues confronting the various communities in Akyem area and we expect our brothers to channel our energies towards demanding solutions to our enormous challenges".
"We expect all of us to judge all political parties by the content of their manifestoes rather than clutching on tribal sentiments that may destroy our peaceful coexistence as a people, indicating "we will demonstrate in the coming days to show our protest against a few of our compatriots in government!!
The Odododiodoo MP Edwin NiiLantehVanderpuye has as described the demonstration by the Concerned Citizens of Akyemas "useless boys".
"Why are they taking the 'AkyemSakawa Boys' out of context?" MrVanderpuye asked in an interview with Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Class91.3FM's 'The Manifesto' segment of the 505 news analysis programme on Wednesday evening.
"They should read the whole thing and talk about it", he said, adding: "This useless incitement doesn't help anyone in this country".
"It's so useless", the former Minister of Youth and Sports fumed, blurting out: "The boys who did this thing are useless boys who are being used".
"We're getting tired of this nonsense in this country and some of us are ready to face them", the opposition MP dared.
Mr Mahama cited Akufo-Addo's reference to President John Evans Atta Mills as "Prof Do Little" in the past, and to another person as "Simpa Panyin" during his days as opposition leader.
Mr Vanderpuye, said the follow-up call for an apology by the Concerned Citizens of Akyem is untenable.
"I think their call is totally misplaced and uncalled for", he noted, wondering: "So, should I also go and organise the Ga youth and say that Nana Akufo-Addo and his people should never campaign anywhere in Greater Accra because recently the Akyem decided to virtually take away some Ga lands? So is that the kind of politics we want to do? That politicians will go and hide behind faceless people and then get them to agitate and ask people to apologise?"
"What did John Mahama say wrong?" he asked. "John Mahama reposted something that somebody else has said and you are calling on him to apologise? Why didn't Osafo-Maafoapologise to the rest of the country where he thought that there was nothing like any national resource coming from there and, so, they don't deserve to inherit any position in this country?" Mr Vanderpuye asked.
"We must stop these things", he ordered, observing: "Some people think they are more important than others; that somebody makes a comment about water, the next thing is that he should come and kneel down and apologise; somebody made a comment about galamsey and they say [he must come and apologise]".
"Look", he pointed out, "I have been to the Eastern Region, somewhere in the Akyem area where the School for the Deaf field has been occupied by galamseyers".
"So, people should stop this, other than that, we are going to break down this country", Mr Vanderpuye cautioned.
Should that kind of politics continue, the former sports journalists feared, the country could be torn apart.
"The unity of this country is threatened", he asserted. "In fact, we have never been so threatened in our history than today; that people could incite their people against the rest of the country or against other tribal groups. It is unfair. This is not the country Kwame Nkrumah built, this is not the country Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama bequeathed to Nana Akufo-Addo".
"It's so unfortunate", Mr Vanderpuye bemoaned, asking: "So, if today, we, the Gas, get up and say the Akyems should remove the so-called Akyem Traditional Office from Adabraka and carry it to Kyebi, will it be good?"
To him, Mr Mahama has done nothing wrong to apologise for, adding "John Mahama is not going to apologise today, he's not going to apologise tomorrow", he stated.
"Other than that, all of us will demand every politician, every leader in this country, apologise for one statement or the other; from today. Some of us are even going to insist that some people will take a visa even to enter Accra. Why? Are we not in a united Ghana anymore? This nonsense must stop".
"Very soon, some people will also bar some people from campaigning in another region. Yes. So, if Volta Youth get up and say because of what the government did during the registration exercise, no NPP person should campaign in that region, will it be fair? So, will Akufo-Addo go and campaign in Bole or in any part of Gonjaland? Will he go? Why do you want to virtually break down this country because of people's selfish aggrandisement, capricious political intents? Please, I don't want to get worked up this evening but this news is totally useless", an angry Mr Vanderpuye said.
He then served notice to the NPP that: "If this is the politics they want to play, some of us know how to play and play it well because that's the game they want to play, so, we shall fill their bucket, let it run over and give it back to them because they should know that they have a party that wins in only two regions, so, if we decide to make the rest of the regions impossible for them to campaign in, will they be happy? They should stop this and let us have a very issue-based campaign and let Ghanaians decide".