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Politics of Wednesday, 17 April 2019

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Wontumi is foolish today because he had no father like E.A Mahama - NDC replies

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako better known as Chairman Wontumi has had a double dose of his own medicine for describing the late father of former President John Dramani Mahama, Mr. E. A Mahama as a corrupt thief.

Chairman Wontumi in is usual acerbic attacks on Kumasi-based Ashh Fm, claimed John Dramani Mahama took after over his late father who was a corrupt thief.

“President John Mahama is a corrupt thief just like his father, Mr. E.A Mahama, who was an Agric Minister in Nkrumah’s administration”. He disclosed.

But his comments which did not go down well with Abass Nurudeen, NDC Ashanti Regional Communication Director has elicited the appropriate response saying “If you had a father like E.A Mahama, you will not be the social misfit and foolish that you are today”.

He observed that the current government has gained notoriety in hiding behind shady characters like Wuntomi to run down and soil the enviable reputation of former President John Dramani Mahama, a reputation which the NDC will jealously guard against.

Read his response in part below;

many pedestrian lies peddled by Wontumi on that platform was his claim that the late father of the Former President, Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama was a Minister of Agric in the Nkrumah regime.

For the records, these are the four key personalities who served as Ministers of Agriculture under the Nkrumah regime:

1.Mr. Boahene Yeboah Afari (1956 to 1960)

2. Kojo Botsio (1960 to 1962)

3.Krobo Edusei (1963 to 1965)

4. F. A Juantuah (1966 till Nkrumah’s overthrow)

At no point did Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama, father of the Former President, serve as Agric Minister of the Republic of Ghana as is being alleged by Wuntomi. So for this basic historical fact to be lost on a whole Regional Chairman of the Npp speaks volumes of the misinformed character we are talking about here.

In fact, Mr Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first person to be appointed Minister of Northern Ghana under Nkrumah and also served as an advisor to Dr. Hilla Limann, President of the 3rd Republic. At no point in his public life was he even investigated for the slightest form of corruption. So in the eye of right-thinking Ghanaians, he was a very selfless and incorruptible man who served his nation with distinction and dignity. And the illustrious feat his children (mainly John and Ibrahim Mahama have achieved in life) is a testament of his sterling qualities as a father. If we may ask; who is the father of Wontumi? We dare say that if Wontumi had a father as disciplined as E.A Mahama to guide his upbringing, he would never have turned out as clueless and ill-informed as he is.

Again, we find his allegations of corruption against President Mahama as one of the usual baseless claims often made by operatives of this failing Akufo-Addo government against the impregnable reputation of President Mahama. As a matter of fact, Article 57(6) of the 1992 Constitution gives every succeeding gov’t a grace period of 3 years to prosecute a Former Presidents who has engaged in one corrupt act or the other. Therefore, by 7th December 2020, President Mahama will not be legally immuned from prosecution for so-called “acts of corruption” that the likes of Wontumi and others incessantly allege. We dare the Npp government to either follow through with the provisions in Article 57(6) or forever remain shut.

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