The Kumasi-based businessman cum politician, Akwasi Addai of Odike Ventures fame, has countered claims by Bernard Antwi Boasiako, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), that he paid 10% to take over a road contract from him.
Reacting to the claim by Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, the founder of the United Front Party (UFP) and United Progressive Party (UPP), explained that Wontumi only made a commitment to pay him (Odike) 10% of the contract sum if he would be allowed to execute it.
Odike, 57, told The Chronicle on phone that Chairman Wontumi approached him with his lawyer and proposed in the presence of the Feeder Roads boss, Mr. Duodu, to pay him 10% of the contract sum upon taking over the contract.
The 2012 presidential candidate for UFP said the NPP Chairman claimed he had money sitting idle and wanted to partner him to execute the contract, after which he (Wontumi) would pay him 10%, which is yet to be paid.
According to Odike, a critic of the Nana Akufo-Addo administration, the project in question was ongoing and Chairman Wontumi pays his commitment in bits, as and when he (Wontumi) receives payment for jobs done.
Odike described Chairman Wontumi variously as a braggart, talkative, and pretentious person who delights in exaggerating minor issues.
The controversial politician, however, cautioned The Chronicle to be wary of Wontumi’s outbursts and bragging.