The Seeming animosity that existed between Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka ‘Wontumi’, the Ashanti a regional New Patriotic Party (NPP) chairman, and the Mahama team, has been renewed.
This follows Wontumi’s recent claims to the effect that former President, John Dramami Mahama was behind the ‘Galamsey’ allegations, being leveled against him (Wontumi) in the media.
Some chiefs in the Bekwai Traditional Area, in the Ashanti region, recently accused Wontumi and Lawyer Owusu Afriyie aka ‘Sir John’, another NPP guru, of engaging in illegal mining in the area.
In his response, Wontumi, who sounded agitated, accused former President Mahama of being behind what he described as ‘wild rumours to dent his image’.
“I know that former President Mahama is creating all these falsehoods just to tarnish my image, but it will not work”, Wontumi stated on Nhyira FM on Thursday morning.
Wontumi and the ‘Mahama family’ were constantly at each other’s throats long before the 2016 electioneering season. In fact, the tension between the camps reached its highest point in 2014 when Ibrahim Mahama, brother of ex-President Mahama, sued Wontumi in court for defamation.
Observers have opined that, by this latest accusation, the ‘Mahama family’ would surely fire more salvos at Wontumi in the coming days.
According to Wontumi, Mr. Mahama is aware of the damage that he (Wontumi) did to the NDC during the 2016 presidential elections so he wants to start attacking him ahead of the 2020 polls.
“All the Mahama dirty works and tricks will not work because I am an intelligent politician and so I will always be ahead of them. I will surely repeat the dose on the NDC in 2020”, he said, stressing that he was innocent of the galamsey allegations that have been levelled against him.