The acting National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, says anyone who touches the party’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi touches the party.
He contends Chairman Wontumi has the backing of the party and anyone who attempts to wrestle with him should be prepared to deal with the party itself.
Mr. Blay was reacting to the detention of the NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman by the police in the region for allegedly slapping the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwah, and the NPP Constituency Secretary, Felix Ibrahim on May 1 during the Electoral Commission (EC)’s Limited Biometric Voter Registration exercise.
Initially, the police disclosed to Joy News that they have not been successful in contacting the Chairman to help with an investigation into the allegation.
However, on May 3, the Regional Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye revealed Chairman Wontumi turned himself into the police at the Tafo Pankrono Police Station. He was detained overnight and granted a ?20,000 bail on May 4.
Speaking to Joy News, Mr. Blay said: “It is a pity that it [the issue] came to this stage [but] whatever it is we will know how to cope with it”.
According to him, whatever the NPP Regional Chairman is going through forms part of the “occupational hazard” associated with the job.
He said since the issue is an internal matter, the leadership of the party will handle it for calm to be restored.
He explained: “I have faith in the leadership of the party in the Ashanti region. They cannot be broken” adding the regional leadership will pull through this phase in the life of the party.
When asked if the turn of events has distracted the party from the ongoing registration exercise, Mr. Blay said this occurrence is an unfortunate one, but it has strengthened the party.
“We are even more determined [because] we came all the way from Accra [with] a lot of things to be done there [but] we decided that until he has had his freedom [and] until we show the solidarity we don’t care about anything,” Mr. Blay said.