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Ofosu- Ampofo sues NDC’ Eastern Regional Chairman, Daily Guide, etc for Ghc 10,000,000 for defamation

The Hon. Samuel Ofosu- Ampofo,  Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is praying the High Court of Ghana to compel Mr.  Bismark Tawiah Boateng, the Eastern Regional Chairman of his party, the Daily Guide News Paper, Western Publication Limited, publishers of the Daily Guide News Paper, Mr. William Yaw Owusu, reporter of Daily Guide News Paper,  and Okay FM to either substantiate their allegations against him, that he leaked the controversial Kwasi Botwe committee report to the media or failure to do so compensate him in damages  for  libel  in  the  sum  of  Ten  Million  Cedis (GH¢ 10,000,000.00); General Damages  for libel;

A  perpetual  injunction  restraining  the  Defendants  and  each  of them, their   servants,  or  agents  or  assigns  from  further  publishing or  causing  to  be  published  the  said  or  similar  words  of defamatory  against him.

The court has since 7th November 2017 issued  summons to the accused persons following the case which was filed before it on 27th  of October 2017 compelling the  accused persons to appear before it.

In the statement of Claim sighted by Ahotoronline. Com, the Hon Samuel Ofosu Ampofo avers that

Mr. Bismark Tawiah Boateng printed  and published  or caused  to  be printed  and  published  on ghananewsreporters.com, an online internet  portal  the following statement which  defames him. It reads :

 “Ofosu  Ampofo  Leaked  Kwesi  Botchwey  Report  -NDC’s  Tawiah  Boateng  Reveals  …  “

The writ further explains the above statements to mean the following. It indicates:

 

‘ In  their  natural  and  ordinary  meaning  the  said  words  meant  and  were understood  to  mean: (a)Hon.Ampofo,  who  is  a  National  Vice  Chairman  of  the  National Democratic  Congress  (NDC),  dishonestly  and  without  authority provided  the  Daily  Guide  newspaper  with  the  Dr.  Kwesi  Botchway Committee’s  Report  who  in  turn  has  been  serializing  it  even  though  the NDC  has  officially  declared  and  kept  the  report  as  a  confidential document;’

It further adds,

 

‘  (b)Hon. Ampofo,  a  National  Vice  Chairman  of  the  Party  is  a  traitor  to  the NDC’s  cause  of  forging  unity  amongst  its  members  and  has  been unprofessional, unscrupulous  and  untrustworthy. ‘

Other claims in the writ of summons indicate that

‘  on  27th  of October  2017,  during  the  course  of  the “Morning  Agenda”  radio  programme  on  Oman  fm, Mr. Bismark  Tawiah again caused  to  be  published  the  following  words  or  statement,  which  are defamatory  to Hon. Ampofo : “When  there  was  a  vacancy  at  the  presidency  following  the  death  of  President  John Evans  Atta  Mills,  he  (Ofosu  Ampofo)  wanted  President  Mahama,  who  was  then acting,  to  select  him  as  his  vice…’

The hon. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo deny the claim  entirely and prays the court to give him an opportunity to salvage whatever is left of his hard earned reputation which has been badly bruised by this unproved attacks .

Below are sighted writ of summons,

Daniel Koranteng Kwagyiri|ahotoronline.com|Ghana

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