Nana Owusu Achiaw, a 63-year-old Agona Akrofonso Chief and a renowned entrepreneur, was elected to represent the Ashanti region on the Council of State.
Mr Robert Yaw Amankwa was also tipped to battle Mawerehene prior the election, making it a two-man race. But to his surprise, he could only pull 10 votes.
Just before the start of the voting, five of the candidates, Alexander Asare, Dennis Kwakwa, Francis Kwaw Archer, Mubashir Iddrisu and Michael Afreh-Gyimah, all stepped down leaving 11 contestants in the race. The three names mentioned earlier are those that could secure votes, all the remaining eight secured no votes.
A slight misunderstanding erupted to delay the start of voting when some supporters of the various candidates contested the credibility of the 60-man Electoral College. But tempers were calmed to pave way for the voting.
As we all know two people each from the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, constituted the Electoral College to select one person from the region to be on the national advisory body.
Therefore, Nana Owusu Achiaw, a renowned commercial farmer in the region and a man with several businesses in the USA was elected at the end of the day. He promised to bring his rich experiences in the private sector to help the president to succeed.
He commended his competitors for giving him a good race and helping to bring out the best in him.