Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi has finally reacted to claims that he disrespected the Ashantehene Otumfuo with utterances he made recently.
According to Chairman Wontumi, he denies any allegation of challenging the authority of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.
According to him, the said allegations are false, malicious, and misleading, accusing certain elements of attempting to create a rift between him, the ruling party, and the Asantehene.
According to him, the said allegations are false, malicious, and misleading, accusing certain elements of attempting to create a rift between him, the ruling party and the Asantehene.
In a press statement dated January 11, 2024, he said, his office “has taken notice of a news report circulating on both the traditional and social media space, suggesting that I have acted in a manner that is disrespectful to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
“Specifically, the said news report was carried on Monday, 10th January 2024 edition of the Punch newspaper and also on AkomaFM/Onuaonline, both NDC sponsored news outlets.
“First, I would like to place on record that, this story is false, malicious, misleading and a calculated attempt by some elements to pitch the ruling party and my good self against the Asantehene, the occupant of the Golden stool, for reasons best known to them,” part of the press statement said.
Wontumi asserted that he never made any statement to that effect during or after the said NPP vetting.
“I have never made any statement or gestures, before, during or after the vetting that should warrant such disgraceful and an unfounded reportage, and, I therefore, urge party faithfuls and the good people of Asanteman to respectfully, disregard this and treat it with the contempt it deserves.
“What was laughable is the fact that the writers and sponsors of this malicious venture, could not even provide any evidence to buttress their points as they hid behind “it is alleged”, “he is reported to have…”, but could not make a definite statement in their reportage, “he added.
Wontumi continued: “This clearly indicates that this was a calculated move targeted at my person by some NDC media outlets and their sponsors, just to tarnish my reputation.”
It was reported earlier that the Manhyia Palace had summoned Chairman Wontumi to explain his alleged disrespect towards Otumfuo.
The incident is said to have happened at the NPP parliamentary primaries vetting committee meeting.
The NPP National Organiser, Henry Nana Boakye, who chaired the vetting committee, dismissed claims of Wontumi disrespecting Otumfuo.
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