NPP’s Stephen Ntim Extends Apology To UTV For Studio Invasion
In a gracious gesture of reconciliation, Stephen Ntim, the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has offered a formal apology to the Despite Media Group and its CEO, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, following the unfortunate invasion of the UTV studios on October 7. The incident, which garnered widespread attention and condemnation, involved a group of individuals associated with the NPP disrupting a live broadcast of the United Showbiz show on the network.
On that fateful Saturday, a group affiliated with the NPP entered the UTV studios during the live broadcast of the United Showbiz show. Their primary demand was an apology from certain recurring panelists, notably A Plus, whom they accused of showing bias against the NPP. The intrusion into the studio raised concerns among Ghanaians and led to strong condemnation from various quarters, including the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and the Ministry of Information.
In response to the incident, the NPP promptly distanced itself from the invasion. The Ghana Police Service also took swift action, arresting 16 individuals believed to be connected to the intrusion. This incident, which was unprecedented, stirred outrage and concern within the political landscape and media circles.
On October 11, Stephen Ntim, speaking on behalf of the NPP, reiterated the party’s claim that it had no affiliation with the invasion. He emphasized that such an occurrence had never taken place in the NPP’s history. Mr. Ntim, in a conciliatory tone, extended his heartfelt apologies to UTV, its CEO Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, and the Ghanaian public.
He acknowledged the longstanding and positive relationship the NPP has maintained with UTV and the media industry. Mr. Ntim expressed deep regret for the unfortunate incident and conveyed his hope that this isolated incident would not overshadow the progress and growth of their relationship.
“We apologize for this regrettable incident. It is not reflective of the NPP’s values and principles. We offer our apologies on behalf of our party and its leadership, including the president, vice president, Chief of Staff, chairman, and others. Additionally, we express our regrets on behalf of the police department. We apologize to Mr. Osei Kwame and sincerely hope that our relationship will not deteriorate but, rather, continue to flourish,” Mr. Ntim concluded.
The apology extended by Stephen Ntim, the National Chairman of the NPP, serves as a significant step towards mending fences and restoring a positive relationship with UTV and its CEO. It reaffirms the importance of a free and independent media in Ghana and emphasizes the need for peaceful coexistence in the nation’s political landscape.