The Court of Appeal has for the second time thrown out a plea by Gloria Appiah – the divorced wife of Nii Odartey Lamptey – to keep the former footballer’s seven-bedroom East Legon mansion.
Last year, the Court of Appeal threw out a similar appeal filed by the ex-wife of the former Aston Villa Striker to get the plush residence as part of her alimony.
Odartey Lamptey, speaking to Kasapa FM’s reporter Alexander Anyankwaa after the court proceedings, said:
“It’s been eight years of litigation but I am grateful to God for always being there for me.
“Few people survive in this kind of situation but thanks to him I am alive and kicking,
“I will also want to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone who supported me throughout this battle.
“We will do whatever now to move her from the house as soon as possible.”
First appeal failure
Gloria Appiah’s petition to the Appeals Court to be given Odartey Lamptey’s 7-bedroom East Legon mansion as part of her alimony was thrown out on Monday, July 6, 2020.
She was unsuccessful in her bid to get a 50 percent stake of the former national youth star’s assets after the Accra High Court ruled against her in the divorce trial.
The court ruled that Gloria was adulterous and did not merit a 50-50 split of Odartey’s entire assets after having three children out of wedlock.
Gloria was allocated Nii Lamptey’s property located at Dome as he had proposed and as well awarded 40 percent of a GH¢500,000 sum she had demanded as alimony.
She, however, was ordered to vacate and hand over his 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon within 30 days – the part of the ruling the now ex-wife of the former Aston Villa starlet decided to appeal.
But the appeal which aimed at keeping the imposing East Legon residence as part of her entitlements fell flat.
The relationship between Odartey Lamptey and Gloria Lamptey hit the rocks in 2013 after DNA results revealed that he was not the biological father of his three children after 20 years of marriage.
The impasse emanated from when Gloria wanted Nii Odartey Lamptey to send ‘their’ first daughter abroad to further her studies at a cost of £26,000 a year for three years.
Nii Odartey Lamptey then objected, citing the fact that the expense was too much and recommending that his daughter schools in Ghana for her University education.
Gloria was reportedly incensed by her husband’s stance and filed for divorce.
Nii Lamptey initially agreed to the divorce but delayed in his response because he reportedly suspected his wife of alleged infidelity. The former midfielder, who represented Ghana at 1992, 1994 and 1996 African Nations Cup tournaments, secretly took samples from the three children and did a DNA test, which reportedly revealed that none of three girls were fathered by him.
Gloria demanded 50% of Nii Odartey Lamptey’s estate and other properties which he hotly disputed by asking the High Court to allow the DNA results to be entered in evidence.
Nii Odartey Lamptey has since remarried and now has three beautiful children with movie star Ruweida Yakubu – two girls and a boy.
By: Alexander Anyankwaa, Kasapa FM