NPP Tackles Ken Agyapng…While Peace Council Hits Freddie Blay
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Secretary in Manhyia North of the Ashanti Region, Felix Ibrahim, has revealed that he decided to withdraw an assault case brought against his Regional Chairman, because his beloved mother, was being threatened.
The assault victim is still nursing severe wounds from the attack, and he may need surgery at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra for some of the injuries he suffered after the attack by the Ashanti Region Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, alias “Chairman Wontumi”.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, the Constituency executive, said his mother begged him to drop the charges against Wontumi, after receiving threatening calls.
“My mum advised me”, he said, adding, “she said she has been threatened and the pressure on her is too much so she begged me to drop the charges,” adding anything could happen to his mother if he refuses to drop the case.
Felix Ibrahim, was assaulted by the NPP’s regional chairman on May 1, 2016, during the Electoral Commission’s Limited Biometric Voter Registration exercise in the Ashanti Region.
The NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwah, was also slapped by the same regional chairman ‘Chairman Wontumi’.
The incident was reported to the police and Chairman Wontumi was arrested. He was, however, granted bail on Wednesday by the Asokwa District Magistrate Court.
“He jumped straight on to me and started beating me,” he narrated, denying knowledge of what could have caused his colleague NPP supporter to assault him.
Felix Ibrahim, disclose that he later learnt from friends that an assault on an aide of Chairman Wontumi was wrongly blamed on him by his fellow party supporter.
“I didn’t even hear of the matter until Sunday that I was assaulted”, he said.
He said, doctors have told him, he may need surgery to remedy some of the injuries caused by the assault.
“I am really hurt. They say there is complication on my waist so I have to come to Korle Bu and if there is the need for surgery, they will do it,” he said.
The incident occurred at a registration centre in the same Constituency during the limited voter registration exercise center named, Nana Fodjour House in Krofrom in Kumasi.
Meanwhile, the NPP MP for Obuasi East, Edward Enning, has condemned the NPP MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong for what he described as the ‘naked hypocrisy’ shown by the lawmaker, after he endorsed the alleged assault on the colleague MP, Collins Owusu Amankwah by the Ashanti Regional Chairman.
Mr. Agyapong, had claimed that Owusu Amankwah is working against the flagbearer of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo, refusing to contribute financially to the course of the NPP and therefore deserves more beatings.
But Enning, on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM, slammed Agyapong for his “double standards”, insisting such attitude shaken the foundation of unity and oneness within the elephant family, which used to be a formidable party.
“I wonder why this time round the tables have turned. When Agyapong encountered similar problems with the BNI we all made sure we were there in our numbers in solidarity with him and to give him our full support. I remember the windscreen of my Lexus vehicle even got smashed at the time. How will Kennedy react if he were to be in the shoes of our colleague MP. The whole world will break loose. I’m amazed that he’s acting callously because he suspects the one involved is someone believed to be against the flagbearer, Nana Addo.” the livid lawmaker told host Fiifi Banson Wednesday.
On Accra FM, he called Ken Agyapong a liar, who profited so much from the Kufuor regime to the tune of US$60 million, yet insults ex-President John Kufuor, and his former Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpiani.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Peace Council, Professor Stephen Opuni Asiamah, has charged leadership of the opposition NPP to be forthright and condemn the assault of party members by its Ashanti Regional Chairman, instead of hailing him.
Acting Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, had in an interview with Accra FM on Wednesday defended the action of the NPP supporters who besieged the Kumasi Police Headquarters of the police after Wontumi’s arrest demanding his release saying it was a “show of solidarity”.
But Prof Asiamah, speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5 FM on Thursday, disagreed with Mr. Blay’s comments, saying: “Why can’t we call a spade a spade when somebody falls foul of the law? Because no matter what the MP did, there should be no justification for someone to assault him? Just how does a party chairman assault his MP? And then the national chairman comes and says: ‘We are coming to show solidarity with him’. So does the MP also not belong to the NPP?
“And these are some of the things going on that I think the NPP leadership must sit up. You say this and they say members of the Peace Council are affiliates of the NDC but we face the truth. We must say what must be said. I was not happy at all yesterday with my brother Freddie Blay’s utterances and posture on radio. I heard his voice and I wasn’t happy.
“It doesn’t bring peace. The man (Chairman Wontumi) has done something wrong. No matter who he is, let’s just tell him.”
He said the matter was an “intra-party problem” the NPP had failed to handle well, and asked the leadership of the party to do better in that regard.
“So, assuming it was between NPP and NDC, what would have happened? Fellows, we must sit up. We must sit up and ensure leadership. I am faulting the NPP; they must show leadership. They must show that the way things are going, that is not the way it should go, so that when another person does same, we can bring him to book. I don’t think what is going on is good for Ghana or NPP or for anybody. It is not right. When someone has done something wrong, let’s be bold and tell him and show him that we are distasteful of what he has done, so that it will not encourage others and the offender himself to go ahead and repeat it,” Prof Asiamah added.