Chairman Wontumi Under Scrutiny, Not Ken Agyapong – Political Analyst Suggests
In a recent turn of events, Jonathan Asante Otchere, a distinguished Political Science lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has advocated for the apprehension of the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi. This call to action stems from allegations of Chairman Wontumi’s involvement in illegal small-scale mining, often referred to as “galamsey,” and its detrimental effects on local water bodies.
In contrast to the prevailing sentiment that had suggested the arrest of Kennedy Agyapong, an NPP flagbearer hopeful, due to his recent string of threats, Mr. Asante Otchere takes a different perspective. He argues that arresting Ken Agyapong would not be conducive to the country’s development.
Mr. Asante Otchere expounded on this stance, stating, “Chairman Wontumi, known for his vocal outbursts in the Twi language, should be the one facing legal action for his involvement in galamsey. Arresting Ken Agyapong will do little to foster development; instead, it may exacerbate disunity within the party.”
He further remarked, “Wontumi is akin to a caged bird wandering freely.”
These remarks came in response to Chairman Wontumi’s own threats to have Kennedy Agyapong arrested should he persist in making further threats against his life.
Speaking on Metro TV’s News Night, Mr. Asante Otchere expressed deep concern about the actions of both Chairman Wontumi and Kennedy Agyapong, both prominent figures within the NPP. He highlighted the growing factionalism within the party and its corrosive impact on party unity, suggesting that the NPP currently stands at a critical juncture, teetering on a path of self-destruction.
“Asante Otchere pointed out, “There appears to be a concerted effort to perpetuate factionalism within the party, aligning with Akufo-Addo’s faction. Even Mr. Kufuor voiced concerns about the factionalism, recognizing its detrimental effects on the party’s coherence.”
Additionally, he cautioned against the possibility of heightened chaos and internal strife within the party if the current situation persists, especially in light of Kennedy Agyapong’s proclivity for outspokenness.