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JFK leads delegation to Manhyia Palace to address Otumfuo-Wontumi controversy

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Justin Kodua Frimpong, General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has announced that he will lead a delegation of party officials to the Manhyia Palace in response to the recent incident involving Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the party’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako.

He made this public while presenting the procedures for the parliamentary primaries on January 27.

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Bernard Antwi Boasiako, commonly known as Chairman Wontumi, is accused of uttering disparaging statements against Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

This is claimed to have occurred during the party’s recently held Ashanti Regional Parliamentary Vetting. It is said that Chairman Wontumi made disparaging remarks about the Asantehene at the gathering.

But Chairman Wontumi has denied making disparaging statements against Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene.

He claims that these stories are fabricated by his opponents, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to incite popular unrest against him.

As the case progresses, Chairman Wontumi has been accused of cursing the Kokosohene, Nana Kwaku Duah, with the ‘Antoa’ deity.

The crisis began when Justin Kodua, concerned about reports of Chairman Wontumi’s alleged attack on Otumfuo, phoned the Kokosohene to confirm the information. During the phone discussion, Justin Kodua invited Chairman Wontumi to a conference call to hear his thoughts on the contentious subject.

When Chairman Wontumi heard Kokosohene’s voice, he grew upset and began cursing him. In his purported curses, Wontumi reportedly called the strong ‘Antoa’ deity and other river gods, hoping for misfortune to befall the Kokosohene without any apparent cause.

The Kokosohene verified the occurrence, adding that Wontumi cursed him and prayed to the river deities to kill him.

Meanwhile, Mr. Frimpong Kodua has warned NPP supporters from making public utterances that may be disparaging to the chieftaincy institution.

 

 

 

 

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