Private Legal Practitioner, Maurice Ampaw, has opted not to attend the invitation extended by the Kumasi Traditional Council, following allegations of making derogatory remarks against the Asantehene.
Alongside the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership, Mr Ampaw had been given a one-week ultimatum to present Chairman Wontumi, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, before the council at the Manhyia Palace.
In a recent response on Kasapa Radio, Ampaw clarified his decision, stating that he would not honor the invitation due to what he perceives as a verbal attack on his integrity.
Despite his initial intention to honour the invitation out of respect for Manhyia, Mr Ampaw expressed feeling insulted by certain traditional leaders, leading him to believe that his case had been prejudged without hearing his side.
“I’ve been insulted, and these assaults have been published all over social media, and my enemies are using it against me.
“I’ve been insulted on numerous media platforms. Nobody listened to my side of the story. So why do you expect me to be at Manhyia on Monday?” he questioned.
“You’ve already judged the case,” he added.
The lawyer’s decision not to attend the summons comes amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions surrounding the alleged derogatory remarks against the Asantehene.
While the Kumasi Traditional Council had given a one-week ultimatum for Ampaw and the NPP leadership to produce Chairman Wontumi, the legal practitioner’s refusal to attend adds a new dimension to the unfolding situation.
As the controversy continues, it remains to be seen how the Kumasi Traditional Council will respond to Ampaw’s decision and whether further actions will be taken to address the perceived insults against the Asantehene.