Manhyia Palace has imposed a ban on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) activities in the Ashanti region following the party’s Ashanti Regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako also known as Chairman Wontumi’s recent derogatory comments about Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
In response to Wontumi’s alleged offensive remarks against Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, the council declared that it would not permit the NPP to function until Wontumi honored a summons.
The threat was reportedly made by a traditional Manhyia leader because Wontumi has not yet appeared before the council.
The NPP leadership was earlier asked by the council to make sure Chairman Wontumi responds to the summons within a week. He allegedly made a statement regarding Manhyia South’s vetting process for parliamentary candidates.
The exact nature of the remarks is still unknown, but council members are furious.
On January 22, 2023, NPP leadership members gathered at Manhyia Palace due to the problem.
Members of the council were informed by NPP General Secretary Justin Kodua Frimpong that Chairman Wontumi was not feeling well at the moment.
In addition, he begged the council to grant the party two weeks so that Wontumi would accept the invitation.
Even if Chairman Wontumi arrives in a wheelchair, some chiefs argued that he must appear before the council.
Together with Maurice Ampaw, the management of Wontumi Radio and TV was called to the Council, which was led by Bantamahene Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI.
Since then, the NPP has advised all of its members to refrain from discussing the ongoing disagreements between the party and the Manhyia Palace.
Meanwhile, Wontumi Multimedia’s management has expressed genuine regret to Manhyia in response to Lawyer Maurlce Ampaw’s offensive comments regarding the royal fraternity during his live TV talk show, “Mmra Ne Abrabo Mu Nsem” Show, over the weekend.
‘Away Bus,’ the general manager, and Mr. Adom Appiah, the legal representative for Wontumi Multimedia, apologized Monday on the late-afternoon political talk show “Talk Ghana,” which was anchored by Kwaku Nkansah Kyeremanteng.