ELDERS of the Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family in Gomoa Fetteh under the Gomoa Akayapim Traditional Area in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Council of Elders of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to immediately advise the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Frederick Blay, to stop lending his support to Nana Kwesi Duodu, popularly known as Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu, who are non-citizens of Gomoa Fetteh in order to forestall peace and tranquillity in the area.
They pointed out that Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu who are non-citizens of Gomoa Fetteh had alleged developed the habit and succeeded in reselling already sold and registered lands to some unsuspecting individuals and organisations.
Some of these lands, according to the elders of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family, who are the allodia title owners of Gomoa Fetteh lands were lands on the Pentecost Convention Centre and Millennium City near Kasoa in the Central Region.
These are lands registered at the Lands Commission in Ghana under the certificate of land titles in the names of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family in Gomoa Fetteh.
According to them, about eight years ago, Mr Blay allegedly used his executive position as the owner of Blay and Associates Chamber to be administering various police bails for some land grabbers and self-seeking elders who are working for Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu.
They noted that whenever these thugs were arrested by police officers for allegedly reselling already sold lands belonging to the Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family, Mr Blay will come in the glare of the public to secure bails for them.
The two strangers, Kwesi Alhaji, who hails from the Anomabo community and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu, who hails from Efform community near Danchira and their followers are involved in numerous land disputes that have plunged Gomoa Fetteh and the Millennium City into turmoil in the past few days.
Furthermore, elders of the Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family disclosed that Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu on the instructions of Mr Blay on July 13, 2020 petitioned President Akufo-Addo and accused them of using soldiers to harass and brutalise members of Twidan Royal Family under Gomoa Fetteh Stool lands.
But the Head (Abusuapanin) of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal Family, Nana Kofi Ahomka, dispelled the notion of Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu, stressing that the Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family were the allodia title owners of Gomoa Fetteh Stool lands located on the Pentecost Convention Centre and Millennium City near Kasoa.
Speaking in an interview with some senior journalists at Gomoa Fetteh on Friday, July 30, 2020, Nana Kofi Ahomka punched holes into the petition sent to President Akufo-Addo by Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu.
Nana Kofi Ahomka on behalf of the Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal Family indicated that “We are aware that it was based on the direct instructions of Mr Frederick Blay that informed the decision of Kwesi Alhaji, Mr Eric Adzari Duodu and his cohorts to write that ill-fated letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, making such false allegations against us.”
He denied using soldiers to harass and brutalise some members of the Twidan Royal Family on the lands at the Pentecost Convention Centre and Millennium City.
He indicated that “these soldiers that Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu were talking about in their petition to the President had legally and genuinely bought lands from the principal elders of the Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family.
According to him, Kwesi Alhaji who has styled himself as the Manklalo of Gomoa Fetteh and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu, who also styled himself as the Secretary to the Gomoa Fetteh Stool do not have the traditional capacity and authority to write any letter on their behalf to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
That, Nana Kofi Ahomka stressed, was because the two were not royals of the Gomoa Fetteh and also do not have the traditional capacity to sell lands in Gomoa Fetteh.
“But strangely the two non-citizens of Gomoa Fetteh, Alhaji Kwesi and Eric Adjari Duodu, have been illegally and unlawful using that fake positions to be hiring armed land-guards to resell already sold or acquired registered lands to some innocent individuals and institutions which situation was creating tension and insecurity in Gomoa Fetteh and the Millennium City.
“And that if we succeeded in having the police arrest the land-guards hired by Kwesi Alhaji and Eric Adjari Duodu who have been attacking and visiting mayhem on workers of various land developers who genuinely and legally bought lands at the Pentecost Convention Centre and Millennium City near Kasoa from the elders of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family at Gomoa Fetteh what we will see was Mr Frederick Blay would hurriedly rush to the police station, either in Kasoa, Cape Coast, Winneba and Accra Ghana Police Service Headquarters to secure bails for the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.
“We would like to tell our President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the National Executive Committee and Council of Elders of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ask Mr Frederick Blay to leave us alone. We want to tell him that Gomoa Fetteh lands are not Nzema lands so he should go to his home town in Nzema to do so and leave us to have peace and unity in Gomoa Fetteh,” Nana Kofi Ahomka cautioned Mr Frederick Blay.
According to him, the NPP guru was recently seen at Gomoa Fetteh.
Meanwhile, he said the Twidan Royal family has indicated its intention to sue the said politician including Kwesi Alhaji and Eric Adjari Duodu in the law court.
Nana Kofi Ahomka lamented the increased land grabbing and evictions in Gomoa Fetteh township.
He alleged that the NPP man was always in the company of soldiers anytime “he comes here (Gomoa Fetteh).”
He further alleged that the NPP top kingpin was supporting Kwesi Alhaji and Eric Adjari Duodu to send land-guards to cause trouble at Gomoa Fetteh, and appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to call Mr Blay including Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu to order to prevent any possible clashes in the area.
However, when contacted on Saturday, August 1, 2020 via telephone to get his response, Mr Blay denied supporting members of the Twidan Royal Family in Gomoa Fetteh led by Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari to employ land-guards to steal lands of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family.
He described as factually incorrect and baseless the allegations levelled against him by the elders of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family to the effect that he has used his position to secure police bails for suspects who were arrested in connection with land disputes in Gomoa Fetteh.
Having described himself as a law-abiding citizen who is a friend of the media, Mr Blay noted that he would be the last person to use his position as the National Chairman of the NPP to support people to do wrong that would create confusion in Gomoa Fetteh and Ghana as a whole.
The legal luminary revealed that he (Frederick Blay) and Blay Associates Chamber have been the lawyers for the Twidan Royal family at Gomoa Fetteh who have been given the legal support in both chieftaincy and land disputes for the past 25 to 30 years.
According to Mr Blay, he has been a lawyer for the family of Twidan Royal Family in the land litigation cases against Mr Kofi Asmah of 21 Century Construction Limited, saying that Mr Asmah has lost all the land dispute cases against the Twidan family at Gomoa Fetteh.
“As l talk to you now, the Twidan Royal family has a chieftaincy case at court except that the chief of Gomoa Fetteh, Nana Abore Yamoah, who died in Italy a couple of months ago, was yet to be buried.
But he was quick to state that the eight-day funeral service was conducted a couple of months ago and that he was at Gomoa Fetteh to mourn with the family of the late chief.
Mr Blay indicated that he was invited as a friend cum lawyer for the Abore Yamoah Twidan family.
“So if l was there and the people considered that because l was there and l came there to instruct police men then it is not true.”
He stressed that “l didn’t even visit the police station in Gomoa Fetteh at the date l visited the area during the eight-day funeral service for the late Nana Abore Yamoah
“I didn’t go anywhere in the town apart from only visiting the bereaved family of the late Gomoa Fetteh chief. I went to the palace of Gomoa Fetteh Stool, and when they were celebrating it at the Gomoa Fetteh beach l was there and l came home straight. So anybody who said that Frederick Blay is using his position as the National Chairman of the NPP to help members of the Twidan family at Gomoa Fetteh is lying.
According to him, he has some people in his chamber who do court issues for members of the Twidan family.
“So why is it that they (referring to elders of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family) are saying that Frederick Blay is using his position. Those who went to the law court and lost are those making these allegations. If the court of competent jurisdiction passed judgement over an issue who am l to say no,” Mr Blay angrily queried.
On the allegation of advising Mr Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu to write a petition to President Akufo-Addo, Mr Blay flatly denied flatly.
He pointed out that to the best of his knowledge he was not aware that Mr Kwesi Alhaji and Mr Eric Adzari Duodu had written a petition to President Akufo-Addo.
“Nobody has written any petition to President. l have not seen any petition. A petition for what l am not ware. And if anybody has written a petition to the President maybe they had gone for instructions from his lawyer.”
He called on Ghanaians to immediately disregard the allegations levelled against him by the elders of Abore Ewusi Twidan Royal family.
For his part, Mr Eric Adzari Duodu expressed disappointment in the elders of Abor Ewusi Twidan Royal family for misleading the general public after they lost in the land dispute case in all the law court.