Reports from reliable sources reveal that the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Bosiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi has reconciled with the Manhyia North MP, Collins Amankwah Owusu.
It was gathered that the reconciliation took place at the house of the Chairman of the NPP’s Ashanti Council of Elders, Apenteng Appiah Menka in Kumasi on Sunday, May 8.
Chairman Wontumi was declared wanted by the Ashanti Regional Police Command following the allegation that he slapped the Manhyia North MP, Collins Amankwah Owusu and the Manhyia NPP Constituency Secretary, Felix Ibrahim during the Electoral Commission (EC)’s first phase of the Limited Voter Registration exercise.
Although his whereabouts were unknown after he was declared wanted by the police, he subsequently turned himself in at the Central Police Station in Kumasi, on Tuesday May 3.
He was locked overnight and arraigned before the Asokwa District Magistrate court in Kumasi on May 4 where he was granted a bail of ȼ20, 000 with two sureties. The first is that he should have a landed property or deposit an amount of ȼ10, 000.
Surprisingly, the two victims, acting through their lawyer, served a notice to have the case withdrawn for an out of court settlement.
Commenting on the issue, acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay said the issue was a ‘family matter’ and would be treated as such. He also warned that nobody ‘touches’ Chairman Wontumi as that would equal touching the NPP.
NPP Constituency Secretary for Manhyia North, Felix Ibrahim, who is one of the victims disclosed on the Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on May 5 that he asked for withdrawal of the case because there were threats on the life of his mother. According to him, his mother complained of being pressurized and threatened and so pleaded with him to drop the charges.
Sources also revealed that during the reconciliation, the parties concerned were given the opportunity to air their grievances which were later addressed by some experienced party elders at the meeting.
Mr. Menka also seized the opportunity to call for peace in the party ahead of the November 2016 Elections.