Asawase MP not ready to withdraw defamation case despite ‘unity’ at Mahama rally


Member of Parliament for Asawase Constituency Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak says he will not withdraw his defamation suit against some branch executives in his constituency until they retract their allegations.

The immediate past Minority Chief Whip has filed a defamation suit, demanding GH¢10 million in damages over the publication and circulation of the allegations said to be libelous to him.

The suit is against some 11 branch executives in the Asawase Constituency who had alleged that the MP owns 15 stalls in the newly-built Asawase Market.

Efforts have been made by national executives to resolve the internal wrangling in the constituency.

On Saturday, March 18, former President John Dramani Mahama was in the Constituency to start a three-day campaign ahead of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Primary on Saturday, May 13.

He called for peace and asked all feuding factions to resolve their differences.

Speaking to TV3‘s William Evans-Nkum after the rally, Alhaji Muntaka said he will not withdraw the suit despite the calls for peace.

“Obviously, if they want that, they will have to retract what they said because you cannot make those kinds of allegations,” he said.

“Remember, beyond the primaries we have a contest with the NPP and if I don’t fight it now and they start to quote my own people, what do I have to say?”

Already, some branches executives have pooled resources to pick nomination forms for a rival candidate, Mubarak Masawudu.

They want Mubarak Masawud to depose the fifth-time MP.

“We the undersigned branch executives have contributed an amount of GH¢5,000 as the fee for picking up the parliamentary nomination form for Masawudu Mubarak.

“We came about this decision based on the enormous contribution of Masawudu towards building a formidable NDC in the Asawase Constituency,” Abubakar Ahmed Ibrahim, branch secretary for Asawase B-LINE, stated at a press conference last month.


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