From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
A delegation sent by Paul Collins Appiah Ofori, the enigmatic Member of Parliament (MP) for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa in the Central Region, to plead with the chiefs of Cape Coast, was left dumbfounded, when the traditional rulers refused to accept gifts sent to them by the MP.
The leader of the delegation, Kwamena Bartels, former MP for Ablekuma North in Accra, on Thursday went to the Emintsimadze Palace with a number of executive members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region, to plead with the chiefs to forgive the MP for making unprintable remarks that allegedly denigrated them, and which prompted the chiefs to issue a two-week ultimatum for the MP to retract the statement. Appiah Ofori failed to make any such public retraction.
The media was not allowed to enter the Obama Hall in the Palace where the delegation met the chiefs, because it was not open to them. But The Chronicle managed to scoop some information on the proceedings, which pointed to the fact that the chiefs were annoyed with the delegation, and expected the MP to appear before them to render his own apology.
The chiefs were spotted wearing red cloths to signify the importance they attached to the issue.
It would be recalled that Appiah Ofori made, what was considered by many traditionalists as derogatory remarks about the chiefs of Cape Coast, when President John Evans Atta-Mills was said to have refused to greet Nana Akufo Addo at the Oguaa Fetu Afahye last September.
The controversial Member of Parliament has remained adamant about rendering a public apology to the chiefs ever since the incident.