A report according to The Herald Newspaper suggests that FDB CEO, Dr Stephen Opuni has decided to break up a 20-year-old friendship with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Manhyia, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh over last Thursday’s shooting incident at Ashtown in the MP’s constituency.
The report said, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr Opoku-Prempeh, after the incident, has gone sent life-threatening messages, warning to finish his opponent long before they execute their agenda against him.
The report quotes family sources as saying, Dr Opoku-Prempeh had a history of violence. He twice beat his wife out of the marriage, The Herald learnt. One of the women, the report says, is related to the Mr Kojo Bonsu of Agoo Magazine and sportswear, Adidas, fame.
In 2008, during the election runoff, a thug linked to him by name “Sunsum”, inflicted cutlass wounds on an NDC supporter called “Bucha” in Kumasi in Napo’s presence, The Herald has been informed. “Sunsum” is still being sought after by the Kumasi police for that incident.
The MP, who was last Friday arrested and released on a GH¢30,000 bail over the shooting incident, appears to have had his cup full, as he has been reported to the Police Criminal Investigations (CID) for sending a life threatening test messages to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), Dr Stephen Opuni.
Shockingly, Dr Opuni has been a long-standing friend of his for 20 years.
In the said text messages which The Herald has intercepted, the NPP MP alleged amongst other things that if Dr Opuni’s plans had reached the level of ending he, Dr Opoku-Prempeh’s life, then he should watch his back as he was prepared and ready for him.
According to the second message, Napo sent to the FDB boss, he noted that he was going to organize a press conference the following day to expose Dr Opuni, who he claimed had guns and combat boots and some men who had been tasked to cause mayhem ahead of Friday’s elections.
The message read, “Boss we all have one life. If your plans have extended to take mine, then watch out. We will speak at my press conference tomorrow and we will see. All those guns and men and combats boots and those picking them up will be exposed tomorrow.
It is not only Kumasi that will be unsafe. So will your house and hometowns, and families and hiding place will go overboard. I have reported this to the police”.
The NDC led by its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has since through a press conference called on the police to investigate the said death threats.
Mr Nketia, who disclosed the contents of the text message during the press conference, said that if the matter was not dealt with by the security, it would subsequently compromise the safety of Ghanaians during Friday’s elections.
On Thursday 7:09 pm,according to Dr Opuni ,he received the first message which read “Good evening, if John Mahama wants to become president through our blood then he is a joker. He is the one behind this Ohene Agyekum-Opuni stupidity on my life”.
Meanwhile in an interview with Joy FM’s Midday News yesterday, Dr Opuni disclosed that efforts to reach the MP after he received the first message proved futile as he refused to pick his calls.
After the text message fracas, he said, he resolved to call some people in Kumasi who knew him to advice him to apologize for the unsubstantiated allegations but this proved futile.
According to Dr Opuni since the MP contends that he sent the said messages because of a plot to assassinate him, he rhetorically asked why the MP will fail to report the plot to the Police for onward investigation as he has done than to go about threatening people.
He expressed concern about Dr Opoku-Prempeh’s behavior, adding that until the current incident, the MP used to come to his office for many reasons.
However, due to the severity of the text messages he received from his good friend, Dr Prempeh, he has resolved not to continue with the 20-year-old cordial relationship he had with him.