the people of Asamankese under the Abuakwa Traditional Area in the Eastern Region on Monday December 20,2021 installed a business man, Mr Bismark Kwaku Boadu as Chief under the stool name Osabarima Atiebisa Kentinka Pobi Asomani II from the Royal Abrade Family of the Akua Korang lineage.
The installation of Osabarima Atiebisa Kentinka Pobi Asomani came at the heels of a High Court Ruling which upheld a Judicial Committee of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, that opposing factions in the chieftaincy matter should meet and have a fresh nomination of candidates from the Abrede family stool of the area.
The Judicial Committee of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council sat on a matter brought before it by Nana Pobi Asomanin, chief of Awurasa and Abusuapanin Kwasi Asare (Plaintiffs) against Obaapanin Akosua Birikoraaa, Barima Kwame Ofori and Baffour Otibu Darko (Defendants) in which the Plaintiffs filed a Motion on Notice for Interlocutory Injunction restraining the Defendants and their assigns from nominating, enstooling and outdooring the 3rd Defendant, or any other person as chief of Asamankese.
The Plaintiffs were also seeking for an order declaring the Petitioner, the Akua Korang family members of the Royal Abrede family of Asaankese, a declaration that the petitioner and Akua Korang family are eligible to be nominated, selected and enstooled as the Chief of Asamankese and an Injunction to retrain the Respondents from carrying out any action that would seek to suggest the nomination, selection and enstoolment of any other person
In their Statement of Claim, they stated that the Asaakese Stool belongs to the Royal Abrede family of which all the parties belong.
However on June 9, 2014, the Respondents filed an Affidavit in Opposition claiming that the Royal Plaintiffs/Petitioners do not belong to the Royal Abrede family and have no interest in the Stool.
Meanwhile, during the hearing on May 21, 2014 the Defendants failed to cross examine the Plaintiffs. However after we studying all the documents and exhibits, the Judicial Committee held that the Plaintiffs are eligible to occupy the Abrede still family of Asamankese.
The Committee also ruled that the nomination, enstoolment, outdooring and installation by the respondent should be declared null and void.
The proposed candidates by the 1st Defendant as chief of Asaankese should “henceforth not style himself as chief of Asamankese.”
The matter later travelled to the High Court for judicial review of the Judicial Committee ruling which the Applicant/Defendant claimed was erroneously dated November 14, 2016.
In its ruling on May 23, 2018, the Court presided over by Her Ladyship, Justice (Mrs) Cecilia N.S Davis stated that “it was not uncommon for the decision in the case to be announced first and the reasons for the decision in handed down later.”
“…Therefore, it is my view that since the Judicial Committee’s decision was pronounced on the 14th day of November, 2016, the judgement was effective and operative from that date irrespective of when the reasons were given.”
“On this note, the application is hereby struck out for not complying with Order 55 rule 3(1) of C.I. 47,” the Court ruled.
The Appellants later withdrew the appeal filed at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs.
The Kingmakers in view of the developments and outcomes of the court proceedings, decided to install a new chief by nominating, selecting and installing Bismark Kwaku Boadu as Chief under the Stool name Osabarima Atiebisa Kentinka Pobi Asomani.
The installation was done by Abusuapanin Kwasi Asare of the Abrede Royal family.
Meanwhile, the installation which was supposed to be a peaceful ceremony was met with severe resistance from the other faction and some members of the community.
It took the intervention of the police and the military to calm situation.