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General News of Monday, 5 December 2016


Save your people - Wontumi cries to Otumfuo

The Ashanti Regional Office of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is seeking the immediate intervention of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in what it said was a fresh scheme by the NDC administration to cause mayhem in the region ahead of next week's elections.

The opposition party wants His Royal Majesty to call the President and his party to order over moves intended to foment trouble in the region.

The appeal follows the impoundment of trucks carrying cache of weapons. A Jeep truck with Nigerian licence number 468-13D labeled Peace MOWAC, was impounded together with three other additonal vehicles following a tip-off and is currently in the custody of the 4BN Brigade in Kumasi.

In the truck was cache of weapons and unspent bullets which were seized from a man identified as Cobson and alleged by the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako to be a known member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). According to the Mr. Boasiako, his investigation revealed that Cobson resides at Asuoyeboah SSNIT Flats with house number AH 2015S.

The vehicles, together with the contraband items are currently under the supervision of W/O1 Amoah, who reportedly intervened to save the suspect, Cobson, from being lynched by the team that arrested him.   Earlier this month, Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Chairman Wontumi had warned that the ruling party was planning to stockpile arms with the aim of causing violence i n the region on the day of the elections.

Addressing a press conference to give details about the issue, Chairman Wontumi, in a charged mood, called on the Asantehene to save his people from destruction.

The NPP Regional Chairman wants his Royal Majesty to use his supreme powers to call the President to order in order to save his subjects from being extincted by the evil machinations of the NDC.

According to him, they are ready to fight to defend the country, the Kingdom and its people, warning that nothing will stop the NPP from protecting the integrity of the polls.

"We were born here and we are ready to die here for our country, our Kingdom and our King" He said.

The NPP regional chairman also charged the Police and the Military to live above reproach, by executing their duties in a manner devoid of bias and discrimination.

He pointed out that the current incident is a test case of the integrity of the security agencies, stressing the NPP is following with key interest and anxiety, how the security agencies will handle the matter.

"We have seen clearly the evil intentions of the NDC and how they intend to cause violence in the region; we want to know how the security will deal with this case" He noted.

The Ashanti Regional Chairman has meanwhile cautioned the Electoral Commission to also come clean on the number of discrepancies in the voters register as well as the widespread cases of infractions that ocurred during yesterday's Special Voting.

Chairman Wontumi questioned why there are inconsistencies in the figures presented to the NPP and the one available on its own website.