Communications Director of Ghana Gas Company, Ernest Owusu Bempah, has rendered an unqualified apology to Ibrahim Mahama, businessman and brother former President John Dramani Mahama.
His apology comes in fulfilment of a court ruling in favor of Ibrahim Mahama after he sued the Owusu Bempah for calling him a thief without basis.
The accusation happened on March 3, 2018, while Bempah was making a contribution on Adekye Nsoroma talk show on UTV.
Ibrahim subsequently sued Bempah and the Despite Group of Companies on October 3, 2019, and the High Court, presided over by Justice Georgina Datsa awarded the plaintiff damages of GHC300,000 and cost of GHC10,000, and also asked both Bempah and UTV to retract and apologise for the harm done.
In a 2-page statement, Owusu Bempah said that the comments he made on March 3, 2018, on UTV’s Adekye Nsoroma were “without basis and was made without due regard to the hard-earned reputation of Mr Ibrahim Mahama and I ought not to have made same”.
“That the statement I made about Mr Ibrahim Mahama was not true then and is not true now and can never be true and that I had no reason to make that statement,” Ernest Owusu Bempah wrote.
He continued: “Irrespective of how it happened, the fact remains that I should never have made such a statement of Mr Ibrahim Mahama. The statement was clearly derogatory and defamatory of the person and the enviable achievements of Mr Ibrahim Mahama. I sincerely regret making the statement about him.”
Owusu Bempah further stated that “I sincerely and humbly apologize to Mr Ibrahim Mahama for the unjustified and unfortunate statements about him. I am sincerely sorry and humbly ask for his forgiveness and I also apologize to his family and all persons who were affected by my denigration of the person and standing of Mr Ibrahim Mahama in society.”
He noted that when he made up his mind to apologize to Ibrahim Mahama, he called him on phone and he [Ibrahim Mahama] referred to him [Owusu Bempah] as a “younger brother and even invited” him to his house.
“These acts of his make me regret more my conduct and I say without reservation that I am sincerely sorry for what I said about him,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, the court also asked UTV to remove from its archives, be it electronic or of whatever form, the said defamatory statements, which the station has since done.
Read below Owusu Bempah’s full statement.