A group known as the Okyeman Youth Association (OYA), has asked Stan Xoese Dogbe, a former presidential staffer under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration to apologize to Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin II for taking a swipe at him after he [Okyehene] disclosed how former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur was taken to the 37 military hospital before his untimely demise.
Okyenhene is alleged to have said in a video circulating on social media that, the late vice president was put in the back of pickup and drove to the 37 Military Hospital.
“We gathered around him and pumped his heart as hard as we could; yelled out his name. His wife was calling on Jesus, ‘save him…’ I just said, call the ambulance and let’s take him to the hospital. Something dawned on me when we took him, there was no ambulance, there was no car, and we threw the former vice president in a pick-up, put him in the back and drove to the 37 Military Hospital,” the Okyenhene said.
Mr. Dogbe in a Facebook post in reaction to the comments told the Okyenhene to stop the “recklessness of seeking cheap popularity by going to public events and seeking to share coloured stories” in reference to the chief’s narration – which suggested that Mr. Amissah Arthur, who had collapsed at the Airforce Gym in Accra, was taken to hospital in the back of a pickup due to the absence of an ambulance.
In a statement, the Okyeman Youth Association said that Mr. Dogbe’s statement was reckless and disrespectful.
“The Okyeman Youth Association finds the comments very reckless and disrespectful to not only the Okyenhene or the people of Akyem descent, but also the chieftaincy institution of the country and consequently condemns this unprovoked attack on the person of the Okyenhene in no uncertain terms.”
The group is therefore asking Stan Dogbe “to apologize to the Okyenhene and the good people of Okyeman.”
Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur died on Friday morning at age 67 at the 37 Military Hospital.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah.