The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has demanded an apology from Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi for linking him to the kidnapping of the two Canadian nationals.
Lawyers for the minister and MP for Manhyia have written do the NDC officer demanding a retraction of what they said was a defamatory comment linking the Minister to one of the accused persons in the Canadian women kidnapping case.
The NDC Communication Officer at a press conference held by the party on the kidnapping of the girls said there was a “connection” and a “relationship” between Dr. Opoku Prempeh and Seidu Yakubu, also known as “MBA”, one of the suspects arrested on connection to the kidnapping.
“Seidu’s association with the NPP is more than meets the eye. He is alleged to be the personal bodyguard of the Asokore Mampong MCE, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, and an errand boy for both Manhyia MP, Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako (aka Wontumi,” the layers have accused Mr Gyamfi who is also a lawyer of saying.
He lawyers for the minister, Sarkodie Baffour Awuah and Associates in their letter said:
“The aforementioned statement is not only false but malicious as the said Seidu is no errand boy” of Dr. Opoku Prempeh.
The lawyers further posited that the comments made by Mr. Gyamfi suggested that Dr. Opoku Prempeh condones and associates himself with persons suspected to have engaged in the crime of kidnapping, and sought to ascribe to “our client’s inappropriate conduct of involvement with persons you describe as thugs.”
“Consequently, the aforementioned false and malicious statement suggests that our client is a promoter and beneficiary of thuggery,” the letter stated.
A similar letter has also been sent to Kwame Azu, the Ashanti regional secretary who is also said to have allegedly claimed that “The boy [Seidu] is a known member of the NPP who works with the Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh,” Mr. Zu reportedly said in the radio interview.
But lawyers of the minister said: “Our client categorically denies the aforementioned false and malicious statement. Evidently, the said statement was actuated by the malice and designed to damage the reputation of our client, a respectable Member of Parliament and Minister of the Republic of Ghana.”
“Notwithstanding your malice, our client is magnanimously enough to offer you an opportunity to make amends. Accordingly, we have our clients instructions to demand” a retraction of the said statement and an unqualified apology.
The lawyers added they would institute legal actions against the two NDC officers should they refuse to apologize within 48 hours.