The Chief Scribe of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Justin Kodua Frimpong, has confirmed that Ghanaian lawyer Maurice Ampaw has not been selected as the party’s spokesperson.
As a result, the NPP has distanced itself from the lawyer’s statements made on his Wontumi TV program over the weekend.
Frimpong stated, “The party does not recognize Maurice Ampaw.” This implies that Maurice and the management of Wontumi TV are solely responsible for addressing their broadcast, which has been deemed disrespectful to traditional authorities.
These statements came after the Kumasi Traditional Council summoned the NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, following an alleged offensive remark addressed against Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, which enraged Asanteman.
Before Antwi Boasiako could obey the summons on January 22, Maurice apparently went on television and criticized the traditional authorities.
The Akwamu Division of the Council expressed dismay when the NPP appeared before the Council without Antwi Boasiako, stating, “Someone by the name Maurice Ampau has disrespected us on Wontumi’s TV station over the summon we issued to him today. He used unprintable words on us.”
A representative of the Council, Kyeame Kwaku Wusu, cautioned the NPP not to allow anybody to denigrate what they had created over time.
In setting a definitive deadline for Antwi Boasiako’s attendance on Monday, January 29, the Council also required the presence of Maurice Ampaw and the management of Wontumi TV.
The NPP stated that they will require the Regional Chairman to come before the Council, adding that additional excuses would not be accepted.
Mr. Frimpong stated, “We will dissociate ourselves from any other excuse he gives this time around,” after earlier conveying that Wontumi was sick and receiving treatment in a hospital, making him unable to appear before the Council.