The Kumasi Traditional Council has summoned the New Patriotic Party’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also called Wontumi, over some alleged derogatory remarks he made against the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Chairman Wontumi is expected to make an appearance at the Manhyia Palace with Lawyer Maurice Ampaw who is also alleged to have made similar derogatory statements on radio.
The Council has asked the leadership of the NPP to ensure Mr. Boasiako appears before it next week Monday to answer questions on comments he reportedly made during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants in Manhyia South.
Chairman Wontumi was initially expected to make an appearance today, January 22, 2024, at the Manhyia Palace, however, he failed to for health reasons.
The NPP General Secretary told members of the Council that Chairman Wontumi is currently unwell and pleaded with the Council to give the party two weeks to get Wontumi to honour the invite.
On his behalf, NPP General Secretary Justin Kodua and Organiser, Henry Nana Boakye led a party delegation to the Manhyia Palace.
Management of the radio station on which the comments were passed was also summoned by the Kumasi Traditional Council.
The Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwatia (VI), in the absence of the Asantehene, sat in state.
All factions of the Kumasi Traditional Council were represented at the Palace.
Speaking on behalf of Wontumi, the NPP General Secretary pleaded that the accused had taken ill and requested two weeks for his recovery.
As tradition demands, it was thrown to the faction leaders of the traditional council to have their take on the matter.
All leaders who spoke furiously disagreed with the request for the two weeks since Wontumi had failed to present a medical report to validate his absence.
In passing final comments, the Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwaatia ordered that the Ashanti Regional NPP Chair appear before the traditional council next Monday.
He also ordered Maurice Ampaw and the Management of Wontumi Radio to be present on the same day.
In a concluding statement, the NPP General Secretary thanked the traditional authority and reiterated his reverence for the Golden Stool.
He dissociated the party from the invitation thrown to Maurice Ampaw.
The merits of the substantive issue are yet to be heard.