Politics of 2014-05-14

Wontumi’s comments were harmless – Yaw Adomako

An aide to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Adomako Baafi says claims that his boss, Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Chairman Wontumi), made defamatory comments against the president’s brother, Ibrahim Mahama, are untrue.

Ibrahim Mahama, a private businessman has sued Mr. Antwi Boasiako for making defamatory comments against him.

But Mr. Mahama in his statement of claim purported that Mr. Boasiako made the comments at a People’s Forum at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.

He is, therefore, demanding Ghc2 million cedis 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.”

But speaking to Citi News, Mr. Adomako said, although his boss was at the said forum and made statements, they were not defamatory.

In his opinion, Mr. Boasiako's comments were “innocuous and harmless”

“Whatever he said was not defamatory. When we are served and we get to the Court, we will explain everything,” he said.

“Ghanaians are not kids, we are all aware of things that have been going on under Mahama’s administration for the past six years,” he added.

Meanwhile, the office of Mr. Boasiako has still not been served with the lawsuit filed by Ibrahim Mahama.