Suspended General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong, has sued Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Wontumi, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, claiming GH¢400,000 for defaming him (Agyepong) on radio.
He sued Wontumi, who is the first defendant, alongside Nhyira FM in Kumasi – a subsidiary of Multimedia Group of Companies Limited – as second defendant.
According to the plaintiff (Mr Kwabena Agyepong), the radio station offered the platform for Wontumi to defame him some few days ago and that apart from the GH¢400,000, Mr Agyepong is demanding a retraction of the supposed defamatory story.
The first and second defendants have eight days after receipt of the writ of summons to enter appearance in court; in default, judgment would be given in the absence of the defendants by the Kumasi High Court, where the case is pending.
In his statement of claim, the plaintiff said Wontumi’s comments that he (Agyepong) took a car – in the form of bribe – from Ibrahim Mahama, a younger brother of former President Mahama, when he was the General Secretary of the NPP, is palpable falsehood and has defamed him.
According to him, it is never true that he (Agyepong) stooped so low and accepted the said plush car to secretly work against the NPP – the party he claims he loves dearly – from winning the 2016 general elections as Wontumi reportedly said on radio.
Again, the plaintiff says Wontumi’s comments that he (Agyepong) is part of an NDC agenda of sponsoring lawless youth to riot and create disaffection for the Akufo-Addo presidency, is palpably false and has also defamed him.
Mr Agyepong stated that he is a loyal member of the NPP and that he had never held any secret dealings with the NDC in his life as Wontumi alleged, adding that his (Wontumi’s) lies have the potential of putting his life and that of his family in danger.
Again, the plaintiff argued that Wontumi’s statements had destroyed his ambition in the NPP, therefore he is praying the court to order him (Wontumi) to retract the allegation, apologize and also pay the money stated for damages.
He also prayed the court to order Nhyira FM to on a daily basis play the retraction of the comment by the first defendant for one year from the date of judgment “and to never permit the making of such slanderous and unsubstantiated remarks by persons of the sort of the first defendant.”