The landlady at the centre of non-payment of rent on a three-storey building being used as the Ashanti Regional office of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Kofrom in the Kumasi metropolis has expressed disgust at the denial by the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, otherwise known as Chairman Wontumi that the party does not owe rent on the said property.
This new twist came to the fore when the campaign team of the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako earlier today held a press conference to deny owing rent on the said property.
The daughter of the landlady who stormed the building after the team held their press conference to deny the party owes three years rent on the said property said the party’s denial was a political gimmick.
Sis Nelly as she is called stormed the regional office brandishing a will by the late Opanyin Kwame Owusu that bequeathed the said property to her octogenarian mother.
She told listeners of Accra 100.5 FM’s mid-day news that the party owes the family three years rent.
According to her, the party rented the property for five years and for the past eight years has not paid a dime by way of renewal of rent.
“My mother and the family are mad at Wontumi’s denial that the party does not owe rent on the said property,” she said.
She stated that the rent was supposed to have been renewed every two years but the leadership of the party in the region has reneged on renewing the rent for the past eight years.
She contested that the claims by Chairman Wontumi that the party does not owe were palpable false.
Earlier, Chairman Wontumi described as false publication that the party is owing rent and for that reason, the landlady had stormed the party’s regional headquarters to close it down.
Addressing a press conference today, Monday, 22 November 2021, Mr Wontumi’s campaign communications team said they have met with the family who own the building and have affirmed that the party does not owe them rent.
The Chairman for the Communication team for Wontumi for Chairman 2024, Duncan Opoku Boateng popularly called Bombay said the regional party headquarters was rented for 10 years and was solely fully paid by their boss and that he does not owe the said landlady.
Mr. Boateng indicated that some people who want to contest Chairman Wontumi orchestrated the action by influencing the nieces of the landlady to take the action as a way to make him (Wontumi) unpopular as the election approaches.
Mr. Boateng said the party executives have commenced investigations into the matter to unravel those behind it.