Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike, the 2012 presidential candidate of the United Front Party (UFP), has been dismissed from the party.
The political grouping arrived at the decision after a marathon National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Accra yesterday.
In a two-page resolution signed by Stephen Forson, the party’s First Vice Chairman and acting National Chairman among others, said the decision had been necessitated by the ‘misconduct’ of Odike.
The UFP had recently in a disclaimer dated January 23, 2015, accused Odike of breaching the party’s constitution in respect of allegation that he (Odike) had acclaimed some new regional executives in the party.
It had warned, ‘We also caution that because their actions were in contravention of our constitution, anyone or group of persons who has or shall have association with their action out of naivety does so at their own risk.’
Mr. Forson urged the rank and file of the party to still trust in the current legitimate regional and national executives, as they are still at post until the national executive committee meets to schedule a proper propgramme to elect new regional executives.
The resolution stated, ‘It was resolved by the NEC that in view of the misconduct of the former flagbearer in the person of Akwasi Addai, the General Secretary, Samuel Bekoe Owusu and the National Youth Organizer, Kennedy Saku, went contrary to the party’s constitution and the authority of NEC to appoint regional executives whose names have been forwarded to the head office of the Electoral Commission.’
The resolution stated that they are ‘suspended from holding themselves out as members holding any position in the party or putting themselves up for elections to any position in the party indefinitely.’
According to the statement, Razak Kojo Opoku, the suspended Deputy General Secretary, had also been dismissed because he was aiding and abetting the unconstitutional activities engaged in by the three persons.
NEC further resolved that it had also reinstated its suspended Chairman, Dr. Nana Agyenim Boateng, popularly called ‘Gyataba’.
Per the resolution, nomination opens in March for the election of the party’s regional executives while that of national executive positions is billed for August 2015.
It further stated that election to choose the flagbearer of the party for the 2016 general elections would be held in October this year.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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