Businessman Ibrahim Mahama, has denied inviting the Director of communications at Ghana Gas Company Limited, Ernest Owusu Bempah "to come home for tea".
Media reports over the weekend, had claimed that Ernest Owusu Bempah, had reportedly received and accepted an invitation from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners, Ibrahim Mahama, to that effect.
Mr Mahama, was said to have described Ernest Owusu Bempah, one of the young men in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with an acidic tongue and vitriolic disposition, as his "younger brother" and invited him to come home, indicating a sealing of peace and forgiveness from the businessman.
But a statement from an aide of Ibrahim Mahama late Saturday, asked the public to ignore the claim since "There's no such invitation extended to Owusu Bempah after the apology was issued".
The statement issued by Rafik Mahama added that "an amount of GHC 107,000, has been paid so far with GHC203,000 outstanding".
It is unclear, if Ernest Owusu Bempah, planted the story in the media as a means of reaching out to Ibrahim Mahama.
The statement posted on Rafik Mahama's facebook page read " Kindly disregard the story that went viral today with the headline: "Ibrahim Mahama invites 'brother' Owusu Bempah home for tea, pardons payment of GH¢203,000". There's no such invitation extended to Owusu Bempah after the apology was issued. An amount of GHC 107,000 has been paid so far with GHC203,000 outstanding.
Mr Mahama, received an official apology from Owusu Bempah and apart from that, no further decision has been taken with regards to the apology from Owusu Bempah and the outstanding amount of GHC 203,000. Signed : Rafik Mahama (Aide to Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, CEO, Engineers & Planners Co Ltd).
MyNewsGh.com, had reported that "Mr. Mahama who described Ernest Owusu Bempah as his "younger brother" invited him to come home, indicating a sealing of peace and forgiveness from the businessman".
The businessman had secured a court order to empty Ernest Owusu Bempah's account of GH¢310,000, but only GH¢107,000 was found in his account at NIB.
Sources hinted MyNewsGh.com that the generous Ibrahim Mahama who "didn't actually need the GH¢310,000 for anything" pardoned Ernest Owusu Bempah from paying the balance. This is yet to be confirmed though.
All this comes after Owusu Bempah placed a call to apologise to the businessman after issuing an official apology, as well to the magnanimous businessman who in 2018, the business mogul sued along with the Despite Group of Companies, operators of UTV for defaming him.
On March 3, 2018, the Ghana Gas Communication boss, made a statement on UTV's 'Adekye Nsoroma' show that former President Mahama's brother, Ibrahim is a thief.
However, in his apology letter, Mr Owusu Bempah said, "The statement which I made then was made without any basis and was made without due regard to the hard-earned reputation of Mr Ibrahim Mahama and I ought not to have made same. That statement I made about Mr Ibrahim Mahama, was not true then and is not true now and can never be true and that I have no reason to make the statement."
Mr Owusu Bempah further said, "Irrespective of how it happened, the facts remain that I should never have made such a statement of Mr Ibrahim Mahama. The statement was clearly derogatory and defamatory of the person and the enviable achievements of Mr Ibrahim Mahama. I sincerely regret making that statement about him."