Lawyers for the Minister of Energy and Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, have in a panic mood written to The Herald Newspaper, demanding a retraction of a yet to be published story, saying it is false.
A teaser on the said story was made in the Monday, April 25, 2022, edition of the paper with the headline, “Coming Up! Napo Gives US$3 million to Otumfuo.”
But a letter by the lawyers; Sarkodie Baffour Awuah and Partners sent to other media houses with the title; Retraction of False Publication on the Front Page of the 25th April 2022 Edition of The Herald Newspaper, indicated that it is not possible for their client to make such a donation to the Asantehene.
“That our client, however, does not have the means to give Otumfuo the sum of US$ 3 million as claimed on the front page of the 25th April 2022 edition of the Herald Newspaper.
“That accordingly, the said publication is not only untrue but mischievous and part of a scheme to incessantly publish untruths about our client for reasons best known to you,” points 3 and 4 of the letter stated.
Also, the lawyers for the Energy Minister, Sarkodie Baffour Awuah and Partners, further demanded that The Herald retract the teaser and not to publish the story as advertised.
“That our client accordingly demands a retraction of the said publication with immediate effect.
“That furthermore, seeing that the said publication is a teaser, intended to put the public in an expectant mode for more untruthful content about our client you have an opportunity to withdraw the said publication and desist from going ahead to publish further untruths about our client as advertised,” it added.
The letter from Sarkodie Baffour Awuah and Partners, served notice that they have the instructions of the Energy Minister to institute legal proceedings against the paper, should it fail to retract the said publication and desist from publishing further untruthful contents about their client; Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh.