Ibrahim Mahama, brother of President John Mahama, has sued the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, for defamation.
He is demanding amongst other things, two million cedis damages for the NPP regional chairman who is popularly known Chairman Wontumi.
In a writ filed at an Accra Fast Track High Court, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama said Chairman Wontumi made defamatory statements against him at a public gathering in Obuasi on March 30 this year.
According to him statement of claim, the offending statement claimed that, “President Mahama and his brother Ibrahim have loaded all the money into their pockets. Each and every day they increase petrol prices and then you and I, the downtrodden, suffer to pay for the increases – they keep the monies in their pockets, and use it to buy planes – aeroplanes – in which they fly. Each week, President Mahama and his brother, Ibrahim, travel to South Africa. You, my brother, the monies President Mahama has given to his brother, – have you got any? Does someone pay for your children’s school fees?”
Mr. Mahama said, the large gathering which Chairman Wontumi was addressing understood his comments to mean that he (Mahama) “is a thief and a dishonest man with criminal tendencies.”