Produce Chairman Wontumi!
– Kumasi Traditional Council Orders NPP
The Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as “Chairman Wontumi,” appears personally before the council to meet with the elders and answer some questions, following some alleged disparaging comments he made against the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Chairman Wontumi, who failed to show up yesterday, following an earlier invitation extended to him, has forced the Traditional Council to order the leadership of the NPP to produce the firebrand regional party chairman at all cost by next week.
At the Manhyia Palace yesterday, Otumfuo’s chief linguist, Nana Kofi Owusu, who conveyed the council’s order, told the leadership of the party, led by the general secretary, Justin Frimpong Kodua, and national organizer, Henry Nana Boakye, that they should bring Chairman Wontumi before the Asanteman Council within one week, even if he will come in a wheelchair.
“Wontumi should be produced here by next week even if he is on sick bed,” the Otumfuo’s chief linguist was quoted by 3news.com as having told the NPP delegation.
This was after the NPP general secretary told members of the council that Chairman Wontumi is currently unwell and pleaded with them to give the party two weeks to get him to honour the invite.
Reports indicate that there is outrage among members of the council, made up of the clan of the Ashanti Kingdom, as they expressed disgust over alleged remarks by Chairman Wontumi.
The council also said it has taken note of comments by private legal practitioner Maurice Ampaw against the chiefs during a programme on Wontumi Television.
The council, presided over by the Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI, insisted that Chairman Wontumi, Maurice Ampaw and the management of Wontumi Radio and TV should appear before the council next Monday.
The NPP has instructed all party members to abstain from making any comments on the ongoing issues between the political party and the Manhyia Palace.
Radio banter in the Ashanti Region has intensified over alleged derogatory comments on Manhyia Palace made by the regional chairman.
The directive was given by the NPP general secretary at a press conference in Kumasi yesterday, January 22, 2024.
At the event in the Ashanti Regional capital, the party’s chief scribe explained that the leadership is addressing the issue at hand.
Completion of projects
Meanwhile, the NPP has assured of its willingness to complete all stalled projects in the region.
Mr. Kodua reveals the Kumasi International Airport will be completed before the second quarter of the year.
“I can assure you, the good people of the Ashanti Region, that before the end of the second quarter, the Kumasi International Airport will be commissioned for flights to move from outside Ghana to the Kumasi International Airport,” he said.
According to him, work is also progressing steadily on the Boankra Inland Port, among other projects.
About 400 persons obtained forms to participate in the NPP’s upcoming Parliamentary race, with 376 undergoing the vetting process.
Following the deliberation by the NEC, 17 aspiring candidates were disqualified from contesting in the party’s January 27 parliamentary primaries.
Additionally, 322 candidates qualified for the parliamentary primaries, three aspirants stepped down from the race, 33 individuals went unopposed, and one aspirant’s application is under court process.
Ahead of the Saturday event, the general secretary advised against the camping and transportation of delegates to voting grounds.
The directives are aimed at ensuring free and fair polls.