The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has expressed unwavering confidence in the NPP running mate, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as “NAPO”.

Affirming his dedication and commitment, the Asantehene expressed the belief that the NPP running mate will not give Dr Bawumia any cause to regret his decision of nominating him.

The Asantehene made the remarks yesterday  after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr. Bawumia and officials of the NPP had officially introduced NAPO to him at a durbar of chiefs at the Manhyia Palace.

The King said he has a deep understanding of Dr. Prempeh’s journey and their shared history. He, therefore, urged the Minister of Energy to prove himself worthy of the trust placed in him.

“I have spoken to Napo, my son, behind closed doors, and counseled him well. But let me tell you [Napo] in public that don’t let Dr. Bawumia regret his decision in choosing you,” Otumfuo advised.

He added: “Go and serve Dr. Bawumia with humility, loyalty and dedication. Listen to his directives, and obey him at all times. What I have told you behind closed doors is what I am repeating to you in public. Be humble, and serve Dr. Bawumia well”.

The King also reminded Dr. Prempeh about his roots and the importance of honour, discipline and service.

He entrusted NAPO in the care of Dr. Bawumia, and urged the duo to work together diligently.

“As you work together, whenever there is some disagreement, don’t hesitate to inform me so I can scold him behind closed doors,” he told Dr. Bawumia.

The King expressed his gratitude to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP for supporting Napo in his political journey.

He used to the occasion to counsel political actors in the country to be decorous in their campaigns. He also urged them to assist the electorate to make informed decisions on the kind of policies and programmes they intend to introduce when elected into office.

For his part, President Akufo-Addo recounted how the Manhyia South lawmaker had contributed meaningfully to his government.

He was very confident that the pair, Dr. Bawumia and NAPO, would not disappoint Ghanaians when given the chance to serve them.

“NAPO has served me with humility and all his might. I strongly believe that with the task he has been entrusted with, he will execute it diligently. I know his strength and what he brings on board. I am confident that he, together with Dr. Bawumia, will uplift Ghana to greater heights,” he said.

He told the Asantehene that he was very proud of the achievements of his grandson, highlighting the role he had also played in Napo’s political journey.

“I can confidently tell you, Otumfuo, that I have contributed a lot to the political life of your grandson. When we came to power first, I entrusted him with executing the Free SHS policy. I knew why I did that, and he never disappointed me.

“He executed the policy to the admiration of all. Today, Free SHS is being hailed everywhere. I also know that what Bawumia has assigned him to do; he will do it diligently,” the President added.