The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi has refused to apologize to Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate of the NDC, over several disparaging remarks he made about her including calling her "a witch".
Last week, Chairman Wontumi was captured in several videos making disparaging comments about John Dramani Mahama's the running mate questioning her hairdo, dressing, religion and ended up saying she "looks like a witch".
The Ashanti Regional Chairman known for his unsavoury outbursts including calling John Mahama and businessman, Ibrahim Mahama thieves, also joined the NPP chorus, questioning what the NDC's running mate was bringing to the table.
The likes of the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, General Secretary, John Boadu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Adentan Constituency and Communications Director, Yaw Buaben Asamoa and Communications Minister, Gifty Ursula Owusu-Ekuful had made unsavoury remarks about the ex-Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast (UCC), without provocation from any quarters,
But in the view of Chairman Wontumi, Ghanaian actress and comedienne, Afia Schwarzenegger is a better option than the accomplished Professor, whom he referred to as an atheist.
He added that, the media personality and entertainer, Afia Scwhar, who is mother of three's output is quantifiable as compared to Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, who had been a media practitioner, head of departments of Cape Coast University below rising to become the first Vice-Chancellor of the institution and later Minister of Education in the Mahama administration.
Speaking on his Kumasi-based Wontumi TV /Radio morning show yesterday, Wontumi, who has gained notoriety in attacking political opponents, alleged that Prof Opoku-Agyemang is an atheist.
" Jane Opoku Agyemang is an atheist. An atheist doesn't deserve to rule Ghana," he said.
On that same show, he was reported by an online portal belonging to the politician wontumionline.com, as having said the distinguished professor "looks like a witch" but the story was later pulled down for unknown reason but the video has since been in circulation in social media.
He went on to say that, the vice-presidential NDC candidate's appearance depicts someone who is disappointed about herself, her family and Ghana and wondered why Mr. Mahama will pick someone like her as his running mate.
"I think Mahama chose her because he wanted someone who he can steal with, but will not blow his alarm. Look at her face, pick pictures of other women and compare with her and assess her from her hair, face, her dressing all the way to her feet, you will notice that she's someone who is disappointed with herself, family and Ghanaians".
"Just look at her faceÃ¢ÂÂ¦take many pictures of her. When you take many pictures of her and examine her thoroughly from hair to toe, you examine what she wears on her body and her hairdo, you will realize that the lady herself is disappointed in herself, the family and Ghanaians and the women as well. Just examine her well," he stated.
Speaking in an interview on Neat FM's, 'Me Man Nti' programme he said; "I didn't insult anyone...When John Mahama and the NDC attacked Jean Mensa; where was Naana Opoku-Agyemang? Where was she when they were saying all those things? She said nothing. If she was indeed a good woman why did she defend the Montie 3".
When the host, Adakabre Frimpong Manso gave him the opportunity to apologize, he said: "if you want to apologize you can do so".
On Saturday, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Kweku Baako had called on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party to reprimand the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party for comments made against Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.
Describing the comments as unfortunate, Mr. Baako said some form of sanction at the national level must be meted out to the outspoken politician.
"Chairman Wontumi's comments draw us back to conclude that the party is attacking women. The party must dissociate itself from the statement and indeed, maybe issue a reprimand," he said on JoyNews' Newsfile.
These comments however have been condemned by Mr. Baako who believes that Chairman Wontumi must be sanctioned.
"Maybe some query, publicly, if they cannot sanction him properly. Then we can move on," he said.
But the Communications Minister and MP for Ablekuma West Constituency Ursula Owusu believes the party has no role to play in this.
Mrs. Ekuful argues that Chairman Wontumi spoke in his capacity as an individual and was not speaking on behalf of the party therefore calling on the party to apply sanctions is inappropriate.