The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bernard Antwi Boasiako (a.k.a Chairman Wontumi) is in hot waters after he displayed thuggery by slapping the Member of Parliament for the area, Collins Owusu Amankwa.
The incident which happened on Sunday evening at a registration centre named Nana Fodjour House in Krofrom in Kumasi shocked prospective voters in Manhyia North who had queued to register their names in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
Justice Isaac Bediako who works for Kasapa FM’s sister radio station in Kumasi, Ultimate FM explained that Chairman Wontumi had earlier asked the MP to form a team to observe the exercise since the constituency executives are not recognized as such due to the dispute over their legitimacy to stay in office.
Hon. Collins Owusu Amankwa in acting on the directive to put the team together among other persons selected his special aide known as Aggudey, who is said not to be in the good books of the Regional Chairman.
Chairman Wontumi on his rounds in the Manhyia North constituency later upon reaching the registration centre saw Aggudey and confronting him and asked the latter to leave the centre, a heated argument ensued and the process, Chairman Wontumi in a fit of anger tried slapping Aggudey but as Hon. Collins Owusu Amankwa who was at the venue tried to intervene, a hefty slap meant for Aggudey landed like a thunderbolt on his face dazing the MP momentarily.
Hon. Collins Owusu Amankwa has since lodged a formal complaint against Chairman Wontumi at the Manhyia police for assault. The police has since commenced investigation into the matter.
Following the unfortunate incident, party members in the constituency have registered their displeasure over the disgraceful act by their regional chairman and have condemned him for stooping so low to fight another party member who was doing legitimate work for the NPP’s good.