The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated to clarify claims that he disrespected the overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II during NPP vetting in the region.
Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi said “He has and will never” at any time say or do something to disdain his king.
A report circulating suggests that “Wontumi disrespected Otumfuo at NPP Vetting” – according to the outspoken chairman is a deliberate attempt by some function of his party and ‘opponent media’ to tarnish his reputation.
He, however, cautioned in a statement that the news outlet “paid” for this agenda must retract and apologise to the Asantehene and himself or use the legal way.
“I am by this medium giving the PUNCH newspaper, Broadcastergh.com and AkomaFM/Onuaonline, to retract and apologize within 24 hours to my person and Manhyia Palace, through the same medium, or I will initiate legal action against them.” A portion of his statement reads
Read below the full statement
The office of the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, 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 in the Punch newspaper and also on AkomaFM/Onuaonline, both an NDC-sponsored news outlet.
Captioned “Wontumi Disrespected Otumfuo at NPP Vetting” on the front page of the NDC’s Punch newspaper, the said story sought to suggest that, I made those comments during a vetting process of NPP Parliamentary aspirants, last week.
First, I would like to 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.
I have never made any statement or gestures, before, during or after the vetting that should warrant such disgraceful and 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.
This indicates that this was a calculated move targeted at my person by some NDC media outlets and their sponsors, just to tarnish my reputation.
As nature would give it, I come from a home with a strong understanding of traditions and customs and respect for traditional authorities, and graciously, I have the privilege to serve my party in a capacity as the regional Chairman in the Asante Kingdom.
With my years of service to the Golden Stool as the regional chairman, I have served with pride and dignity to the Asantehene, and, there have never been any moment that my actions and inactions have suggested insubordination to the occupant of the Golden Stool because I serve the NPP and ultimately the Golden Stool.
I am by this medium giving the PUNCH newspaper, Broadcastergh.com and AkomaFM/Onuaonline, to retract and apologize within 24 hours to my person and Manhyia Palace, through the same medium, or I will initiate legal action against them.
I am focused, well-resolved and well-placed to lead the party in the region to break the 8 and make Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the next President of the Republic of Ghana, in 2025, therefore, such detractive elements cannot weigh me down.
Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Wontumi)
(Regional Chairman, NPP-Ashanti)