Former trade minister Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen claimed that he introduced him to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but the party’s regional chairman in Ashanti, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, has angrily refuted this.
Wontumi was referred to as an ingrate by Mr. Kyerematen in an interview on the Accra-based UTV. After assisting him in obtaining the post of Regional Chairman, he could not understand why his “party friend” would now be fighting against him.
Mr. Kyerematen, however, had no influence on Wontumi’s elevation in the NPP, according to a statement made on Tuesday, September 26 by Wontumi’s assistant Andy Owusu.
“Although Chairman Wontumi was once a staunch supporter of Mr. Kyerematen, it is never true he [Alan] brought him to mainstream politics or political limelight. As a matter of fact, Chairman Wontumi became the NPP constituency chairman of Bosomtwe as a staunch loyalist of Nana Akufo Addo. It was during his time as the constituency chairman that he met Mr. Kyerematen,” he stated.
Andy said that Wontumi was really invited to the party by Rebecca Yeboah, who is the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Atwima Nwabiagya North at the moment.
On Wontumi’s chairmanship position, he credited late founding father, Dr. Amoako Tuffour for it.
“100% credit goes to the late Dr. Amoako Tuffour so far as the successful regional chairmanship bid of Wontumi is concerned” he added.