The chief linguist of Otumfuo, Nana Kofi Owusu, has instructed the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), headed by Justin Frimpong Kodua, to present Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Wontumi, the party’s regional chairman, to the Asanteman Council in a week.
The directive was issued during a meeting at the Manhyia Palace on January 22.
“Wontumi should be produced here by next week even if he is on sick bed” he told the NPP delegation.
Wontumi was hauled to the Asantehene’s seat for allegedly making offensive remarks about Asantemen.
In order to make a plea on behalf of the Regional Chairman, Justin Frimpong Kodua, the General Secretary of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, the National Organizer, and a few other regional executives appeared before the Asanteman Council.
However, Bernard Antwi Boasiako was noticeably absent. Wontumi was ill, Mr. Kodua informed the chiefs, saying, “Nananom, we could not come with Chairman Wontumi because he has not been well.”
However, some of the chiefs were not comfortable with the explanation.
For example, Nana Kwaku Owusu, one of Otumfuo’s top linguists, insisted on seeing Wontumi’s medical records.
Mr. Frimpong Kodua begged for mercy since he was unable to provide the requested medical report.
Lawyer Maurice Ampaw, a host on Wontumi TV/Radio, was another person whose problem was discussed.
The attorney is accused of disparaging Ashanti Region chiefs in a video that has since gone viral.
Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI, the Chief of Bantama who also serves as the Chief of Kumasi, presided over the special Asanteman council.
The meeting was postponed until Monday, January 29.
In the meantime, the NPP has refuted claims that Maurice Ampaw made disparaging remarks about the Chiefs on the television program.
However, the General Secretary of the NPP gave the Council the assurance that the party would make sure Chairman Wontumi accepted the invitation.