No Plan To Withdraw GH¢2 Million Defamation Case Against Him
There is no end yet for the legal tussle between businessman, Ibrahim Mahama and the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Herald’s information is that, Mr Mahama, the owner of Engineers and Planners (E&P), has no plans to withdraw his GH¢2 million defamation suit against Bernard Antwi-Bosiako alias Wontumi, and that the latter’s public claim that an emissary was to sent him with an apology, “was a downright lie”.
This paper’s information is that, a reporter of the Daily Guide newspaper by name Joe, rather approached Ibrahim Mahama, saying Chairman Wontumi, wanted to make peace with the businessman.
The emissary, also claimed that, Wontumi, wanted the peace pact, because he was interested in doing business with the owner of E&P, however, Ibrahim Mahama, did not yield to the demand from the Daily Guide reporter.
It is, therefore, untrue that Ibrahim Mahama, rather went to Chairman Wontumi or sent emissaries, demanding they broker peace for business.
Meanwhile, the Communications Aide to Ibrahim Mahama, Rafik Mahama, insists the businessmen, has not apologized to him over their legal tussle and alleged maltreatment he suffered under the John Mahama government.
Speaking in an interview on Abusua FM two Sundays ago, Antwi-Boasiako, asserted that, Ibrahim Mahama, recently sent emissaries to render an unqualified apology to him.
But in a quick rebuttal on Accra-based Starr FM, Rafik Mahama, said at no point did Ibrahim Mahama apologize to Wontumi or sent any assigns to him and that the assertion should be disregarded and treated with the contempt it deserves.
“Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has never apologized or sent anybody to apologize to Wontumi on his behalf. If you don’t offend someone how do you apologize to that person? Mr. Ibrahim Mahama is busy creating jobs and improving the lives of countless individuals. He doesn’t have time for that. He, Wontumi’s assertion is just a figment of his own imagination. It should be treated with the contempt it deserves,” he stated.
In May 2014, Ibrahim Mahama, sued the NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman, over what he says are defamatory comments made against him.
Mr. Mahama, who is brother to President John Mahama in his statement of claim said, Mr. Antwi-Bosiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, made the defamatory comments on March 30, 2014, at a People’s Forum at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.
The case has been going on in Kumasi for almost four years now, but Wontumi, fails to show up.
He is often represented by his lawyers, including Egbert Faibille, currently Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the National Petroleum Commission.
Ibrahim Mahama, is seeking a declaration from the court that the statements made by Chairman Wontumi are false, malicious and defamatory.
He is demanding GH¢2 million, as damages for the defamatory statements made against him.
Mr Mahama, is also praying the court to “compel the defendant to publish a full and unqualified apology to the Plaintiff and retraction of the statements made in all the newspapers and tabloids in which the defamatory statements were repeated by their publication of the same.”
Chairman Wontumi on March 30, 2014, alleged that President Mahama and his brother Ibrahim, have loaded state money into their pockets.
It is based on this allegation that, Ibrahim Mahama, has filed a suit against the NPP Ashanti Region Chairman.