An Accra Fast Track High Court yesterday endorsed the adherence to a stay of execution by the Appeal Court brought before it by the acting President of Ga Traditional Council (GTC), Nii Dodoo Nsaki III, against Nii Yaotey Otoga.
The court, presided over by Justice Novisi Ayana, endorsed that the stay of execution, restricting Nii Yaotey Otoga, Nii Tackie Adama Latse and allies from interfering in the traditional customary position of Nii Dodoo Nsaki II to admit Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, into the Ga Traditional Council (GTC).
The court also dismissed the writ filed by Nii Yaotey Otoga, Nii Tackie Adama Latse to stop King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II from holding himself as Ga Mantse.
However, the ruling of the court paved the way for the official outdooring of King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II as the substantive Ga Mantse to succeed the late Boni Nii Amugi II who passed away eight years ago.
Nii Dodoo Nsaki III who was clad in traditional dress looked very elated after the ruling and was met joyously by sympathisers who were with him when the news broke.
The application for a stay of execution was filed by Nii Dodoo Nsaki III who doubles as the Chief of Otublohum Traditional Area at the Appeal Court in Accra.
According to the court, “although Nii Yaotey Otoga (the plaintiff/respondent) has not responded to the application and they are not in court though they served, “we have the motion paper, the supporting affidavit as well as the plaintiff/respondent’s claim which is being challenged on grounds of capacity of the plaintiff and the jurisdiction of the High Court to entertain the action in view of reliefs (1) and (2) endorsed on the writ of summons.”
The court noted that the said reliefs on the face appear to be a matter or cause affecting chieftaincy.
The court indicated that there was therefore evidence on the affidavit, an exceptional circumstances which compels “us to exercise our discretion in favour of the appellant by the grant of the application.”
“Accordingly, the application is granted. The trial of the matter is hereby stayed until the appeal is determined,” the court added.
Addressing journalists in Accra yesterday, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II congratulated Justice Novisi Ayana for taking the bold decision to endorse the stay of execution.
According to him, the ruling makes his position as the Ga Mantse stronger and called on citizens of Ga State to disregard the assertion by Nii Yaotey Otoga, Nii Tackie Adama Latse that he was not a Ga Mantse.
He called on people he described as ‘pretenders’ laying claim to the Ga Paramount Stool to desist from further provocations that violated the decency of all Gas.
“All truth loving Gas must rally behind the new King in the transformation of the Ga State and the ushering in of a new era of progress and prosperity,” he said to cheers from the crowd.
The king also said the unfortunate acts of violence in Accra was unacceptable.
“To those who have been injured, my sympathies. To those who have lost families, my condolences.
“I am calling for peace and calm while we put measures in place to eliminate this conflict. The strength of a broom is in its numbers. Let’s stand together as Gas!” King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II said.
Story: Kwamena ANANSE & Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU