The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, had his share of the uncouth behaviour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) chairman for the Ashanti Region, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, who nearly pounced on the about 70-year-old statesman, threatening to beat the hell out of him.
A complaint has since been lodged against him at the Central Police Station in Kumasi.
According to an eyewitness, but for the timely intervention of the regional director of EC and his deputies, the EC boss, would have been beaten to pulp.
Sources say, it took the regional director to hold Mr. Antwi Boasiako alias “Wontuni”, by the chest and neck to prevent him from throwing some hefty blows at the old man.
Coincidentally, Ibrahim Mahama, brother of President John Mahama, is this morning in a Kumasi High Court with “Wontuni” over a libel case.
The action of the small scale mining mogul turned Regional Party Chairman, is said to have surprised many.
The EC boss, is in the region to conduct interview to select “Returning Officers” for the yet to be organized district assembly election, which is scheduled to be held this year.
The scuffle, which happened in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi, had to delay the work of the EC officers as the EC boss, had to leave everything and personally move to the Central Police Station to lodge a complaint.
The unfortunate incident, according to eyewitnesses, happened yesterday at the Electoral Commission’s Regional Conference Room, at about 10:30 am.
According to an eyewitness who briefed this paper, Mr. Boasiako, accompanied by the immediate past regional chairman, Frank Fredua Anto, in a typical Rambo style, stormed the EC’s Regional Conference Room uninvited demanding that he is shown where some forms have been kept by the EC boss.
But, Dr. Afari-Gyan, who was in the room with the Director of Election (national) Amadu Sule, the Regional Director and his two deputies, refused to be intimidated by the man, who is also referred to as Chairman Wontumi denying him the said forms.
This is said to have infuriated Chairman Wontumi, who started attacking Dr Afari-Gyan verbally.
According to The Herald sources, the NPP Chairman, who is still pained by his party’s loss at the Supreme Court over it 2012 election petition, warned the EC boss, he won’t countenance what happened, both at the elections and at the court in the 2016 election.
He warned that he would do all he can to ensure that the NPP resists every attempt to repeat what he claims happened in the last elections.
Chairman Wontumi, is said to have sworn and used various unprintable words on the EC boss, who remained calmly seated, while the drama unfolded.
The EC boss, who is due to retire next year, did not react except to question him, “am I the one you are threatening, I will report”.
The politician, who has gained notoriety for attacking his opponents without any provocation in an angry tone, dared the EC boss to report him, telling him to take him to anywhere he deemed fit.
Mr. Anto, is said to have regretted the action of his successor, as he was occasionally spotted pleading with the officers that his party man is forgiven, while making an effort to get him out of the office.