Ibrahim Mahama sues Chairman Wontumi for defamation
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi has been sued by businessman Ibrahim Mahama for defamation.
Mr Ibrahim Mahama, a brother of former President John Dramani Mahama, is seeking GH₵5 million in damages after Chairman Wontumi claimed that he made his wealth from unlawful means.
In the writ, Mr. Mahama quotes Chairman Wontumi, who was speaking on Wontumi TV, as saying:
“He has bought a car, it is said he has bought a car for Hajia for Real. Then he has bought a house and given it to her in addition, then he has snatched Kenpong’s girl. Because the money that [he has], it was when we just came into power, that his brother went and stole money for him. Do you understand?”
Mr. Mahama says he read the comments to mean he is “in possession of stolen wealth or money… tainted with stealing.”
He is thus seeking an unqualified apology and “retraction of the said [defamatory] statements within seven days of judgement.”
Mr. Mahama stressed that the comments were “palpable lies made without justification and is or was actuated by malice, disdain and ill-will.”