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As Akorlor Adzesu, Avli Gates Wave Red Flag Over Installation Of New Mepe Paramount Chief

ELDERS and youth of Akorlor, Adzesu and Avli gates of the Mepe Paramount Stool in the North Tongu District in the Volta Region, have raised red flag over what they described as a “completely illegal, uncustomary and unlawful” installation of the 64-year-old retired educationalist, Akorli Gli from the Gli Royal gate as the Mepe paramount chief.

Addressing a press conference yesterday to register their displeasure at the purported installation, the spokesperson for the Akorlor, Adzesu and Avli gate, Godwin Kwabla Avadetsi stressed that the installation of Mr Akorli Gli under the stool name Togbega Awuku Anipati V was illegally and unlawfully performed by the Regent of Mepe Paramount Stool, Ruldolf Kwadzo Gli and his cohorts; including Manklado of Mepe,Togbe Korsi Nego VI and Tsidi Akuffo Akorlor.

According to Mr. Godwin Kwabla Avadetsi, the action of Mr Kwadzo Gli and his associates was completely contemptuous against the recent ongoing chieftaincy case pending before the Judiciary Committee of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs (VRHS) and Mepe Chieftaincy Dispute Resolution Committee between Adzesu-Akolor-Avli gate and Gli gate, and called on all and sundry to disregards the installation of Akorli Gli.

He revealed that there was no any final judgment on the ongoing chieftaincy dispute before the VRHC which was between Rudolph Kwadwo Gli, Togbe Korsi VI and Tsidi Akuffo Akorlor of Gli gate and Kokoe Agbezuke, Mr Azi Akorlor Noah God’s, Azumah Azaglo and Mr Godwin Kwabla Avadetsi of Adzesu-Akolor-Avli gate over the rightful candidate to the throne of Mepe royal paramount stool, to the succession of the late substantive paramount chief, Togbega Kwao Anipati IV, who died in 2005 after reigning for 19 years.

He stated that the chieftaincy case which is being tried by the Judicial Committee of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs was adjourned on Monday July 17, 2019 to July 23, 2019 and expressed their displeasure and surprised at the latest development which has degenerated into hated, misunderstanding and argument in the area thereby creating insecurity and tension in the township.

“So we are surprised that Mr Kwadzo Gli who is even the petitioner to the case at the Volta Regional House Chiefs would lead the execution of this unlawful installation which has heightened tension and insecurity in Mepe Township, although there was no final judgment or ruling of the chieftaincy case,” Mr Avadetsi stated.

Mr Avadetsi, therefore appealed to the Volta Regional House of Chiefs to try and expedite action on the chieftaincy dispute between Adzesu-Akolor-Avli gate and Gli family, over the rightful candidate to the Mepe Royal Paramount Stool.

To this end, Mr Avsdetsi on behalf of the Adzesu-Akolor-Avli gate has issued a one-week ultimatum to Mepe Traditional Council to do something before they incur their wrath, while he appealed to the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, Volta Regional Minister, Volta Regional Police Commander, National House of Chiefs and Ministries of Chieftaincy and Culture and Interior to intervene and address the issue.

Mr Avadetsi noted that the member of Adzesu-Akolor-Avli families of Mepe also threatened to resort to legal battle over the installation of Mr Akorli as a new Paramount Chief of the area in the coming days if the state chieftaincy institutions and authorities failed to heed their call within the stipulated period.

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