The Ashanti regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party Bernard Antwi Boasiako has vehemently dismissed reports of him consulting a fetish priest to enhance the chances of the party’s parliamentary candidate in the upcoming by-election in Talensi in the Upper East region.
Bare chested images of Antwi Bosiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi and other party members with an elderly dust-beaten man surfaced on social media Thursday sparking speculations that the party executives had gone to perform rituals to enable their candidate win.
But in an interview on Radio Gold, Chairman Wontumi stated that he and his entourage were only following the tradition of the people of Chimzo where they had gone to visit the town chief.
“No, we did not visit any shrine….you know politics goes with culture and tradition, so in Ghana we have culture and we have traditions, as Apostle Paul said the Jews have their own way to worship God and the Romans also have their culture and the tradition, so Apostle Paul advised the Jewish people that once they enter or go [sic] to Rome, they have to do what the Romans do.”
“So it’s the same thing, if you come to Ashanti region, our kingdom, and you want to go and see the kings, you just remove part of your clothes and you remove your sandals before you can greet them.
“It’s the same thing; once you go to the Talensi constituency, there is a place called Daari and in Daari there is another place called Chinzu, once you get there whether you are a man or a woman, small or big, you have to show respect to their culture and their tradition, it’s the same thing I did.
“As you read Mathew chapter 5:17, it says that I did not come to destroy the culture or the prophets. I came to fulfil it so as a politician you cannot separate culture and tradition from the politics, so once I’m there to preach or for them to vote for Thomas Duanaab Wuni then you have to also follow their tradition or their culture,” Wontumi explained.
Talensi, the hitherto quiet Upper East regional town has suddenly become a political hotbed since the parliamentary seat was vacated by the NPP-MP now installed chief of the Tolon traditional area, Robert Nachinab Mosore Doameng.
The NPP, the ruling NDC and the People’s National Convention (PNC) have had all their bigwigs trekking the length and breadth of the constituency in a bid to canvass votes for their respective candidates.
Mr Thomas Duanaab Wuni, 51, (NPP); Mr Benson Tongo Baba, 67, (NDC); and Dr. Michael Wombeago are the candidates for the July 7 poll.