Founder of the Ghana Freedom Party Akua Donkor has been dragged to court alongside Wontumi Communications for alleging that former President John Mahama is the face behind the controversial phrase ‘Papa No’.
The plaintiff, only identified as Mary Awusi is demanding a total of ¢1,000,000 from the defendants for claiming that she is having an affair with Mr Mahama.
This comes after Akua Donkor who doubles as the flagbearer of the Ghana Freedom Party granted an interview to Oheneba Nana Asiedu, host of Ashanti Region-based Wontumi FM.
During the interview, Akua Donkor alleged that the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is ‘Papa No’ and is also responsible for the two children of the 2016 NDC parliamentary candidate for Asante Akim North.
‘Papa No’ became popular on social media after actress Tracey Boakye used it repeatedly to describe a married man she claims she and musician Mzbel are in the same relationship with.
After her comments, there have been speculations about who ‘Papa No’ is with many especially on the side of NPP alleging that former President Mahama is’Papa No’.
This time, however, the two could not get away with the claim as they are being dragged to court for the allegations.
Madam Awusi wants general damages of ¢300,000 to be awarded by the court against Akua Donkor, ¢100,000 in general damages against Oheneba Nana Asiedu, as well as ¢600,000 as punitive damages against the defendants which also include Wontumi Communications Limited.
Wontumi Communications Limited is a multimedia conglomerate owned by the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako (alias Chairman Wontumi).
She is also demanding a retraction and apology and a restraining order to prevent them from making such utterances.
Statement of claim
The plaintiff who was the Parliamentary Candidate for the NDC in the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, says Madam Donkor had earlier made a libellous statement without any justification against her person in an interview which was also uploaded to YouTube.
Madam Awusi adds that after calling Madam Donkor to question her on the “malicious and reckless claims”, Wontumi Communications Limited “in the most reckless and malicious manner gave their platforms to the 1st Defendant to repeat and utter the defamatory statements against the Plaintiff without any justification”.
The plaintiff avers that the interviewer and host of the radio programme failed and or neglected to dissociate himself from the defamatory statement made by Madam Donkor and also failed and or neglected to get her to retract the defamatory statement.
She adds that the statements uttered by Madam Donkor suggested that “she is an unfaithful spouse, an unchaste person, a pervert, a person of low moral character, a person of no integrity and that the second child of her marriage is not the child of her husband but that the child is the child of a man she is not married to”.
As a result, she wants the court to order an apology on the platforms operated by Wontumi Communications Limited “with the same prominence the defamatory words received within 14 days after the judgment”.
Madam Awusi also wants an interlocutory and perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, assigns and servants from further publishing any defamatory words against her.