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I never disrespected Asantehene at NPP’s Vetting-Chairman Wontumi clears air

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The office of the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi,has responded to claims by Otumfuo’s Kokosohene,Nana Kwaku Duah, as published by broadcastergh.com and The Punch Newspaper that he(Chairman Wontumi) allegedly disrespected Asantehene during the Party’s Parliamentary candidates vetting.

Chairman Wontumi’s response was contained in a press statement issued by his office dated, Thursday,11rh January,2024.

According to the statement,,the Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman, has taken notice of a news report circulating on both the traditional and social media space, suggesting that he has acted in a manner that is disrespectful to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The

Read the full unedited statement;

11TH JANUARY, 2024

DISCLAIMER!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO ALL NEWS EDITORS

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 of the Punch newspaper and also on AkomaFM/Onuaonline, both an NDC sponsored news outlets.

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 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.

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.

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.

As nature would give it, I come from a home with strong understanding of traditions and customs, 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 in 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 a 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.

Thank You

Signed
Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Wontumi)

(Regional Chairman, NPP-Ashanti)

Broadcastergh.com together with The Punch Newspaper however apologize and sincerely retract the said publications carried out on both our traditional and modern news outlets…

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