- Bernard Antwi Boasiako claims he owns the house a court wants to give to an NPP MP
- Fears of internal rifts in the NPP have pushed executives to intervene in the matter
The Ashanti Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako has failed to comply with a court order to vacate a property in dispute.
The property is a source of litigation between himself and an NPP member of parliament.
Mr Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, is alleged to have restrained officials of the court and the police service from entering the house to enforce the ruling. The house is located at Atasomanso in Kumasi.
The MP, Mr Daniel Okyem Aboagye, has however maintained that he is ready to use any legitimate means to secure the building. Mr Aboagye is represents the people of the Bantama constituency.
It is reported that on Friday, a scuffle broke out between stoutly built or ‘macho’ men and police personnel who went to the house.
It had to take some government officials to calm matters down. The ‘macho’ men were thought to have been hired by Chairman Wontumi.
The property, which had been in dispute, was bought at an auction by Mr Daniel Okyem Aboagye on the orders of a Kumasi High Court.
The dispute was between officials of the now defunct Noble Dream Microfinance company and Mr Okyem Aboagye.
In November 2016, the MP received a certificate of purchase, but some officials of the defunct company led by one Ezekiel Owusu Afriyie, filed a case before the courts to have the sale declared as fraudulent.
The court in May 2018, threw out the case of Mr Owusu Afriyie. He was ordered to leave the house and the court sent officials and police personnel to make sure of that.
That was when Chairman Wontumi and his alleged ‘macho’ men surfaced.
According to Wontumi, he bought house from Mr Ezekiel Owusu Afriyie and not Noble Dream Microfinance.
He said he even bought it before the company went down and has documents to prove it.
There are fears that this will cause rifts within the NPP in the Ashanti Region.
Already, national executives are believed to have opened communication lines with the two men involved.
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