Akwasi Addai aka Odike
An Accra Fast Track High Court has granted an order restraining Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike, from interfering in the affairs of the United Front Party (UFP) – the party which standard bearer he was in the 2012 general elections.
The court, presided over by Justice Kwasi Anto Ofori Atta, also restrained Samuel Bekoe Owusu and Razak Kojo Opoku, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of the party respectively, as well as the Electoral Commission (EC) from dabbling in the affairs of the party.
The court said, ‘It is hereby ordered that the defendants/respondents, whether by themselves, their servants, agents or privies, be and are restricted from interfering with the affairs of the United Front Party or having anything to do with the United Front Party, especially organising a congress to select officers towards the forthcoming general elections. ‘
The party had set February 14, 2015 to organise its national delegates’ congress at the Jubilee Park, Kumasi, to elect new party executives as well as its flagbearer to lead it to the December 2016 general elections.
According to an earlier statement signed by Mr Bekoe Owusu, the election of new national officers as well as a flagbearer would be on the same day.
A statement issued by the party in Accra and signed by the acting National Chairman, Mr Stephen Forson, said the decision was taken after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the UFP met in Accra last week Monday to chart the way forward and resolve all outstanding issues.
The party had through its lawyers, Adaba and Co. Legal Practitioners in Accra, prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, whether by themselves or their agents, assigns etc, from carrying out any activity in the name of the UFP or purporting to be acting in any capacity until the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) to revoke their indefinite suspension.
An affidavit in support of the motion said the defendants, especially Odike, with the intention to run again as the party’s flagbearer for the forthcoming elections, decided to circumvent the procedures laid out in the party’s constitution to seek the mandate of the people.
It, among other things, stated that the respondents, smarting from their suspension, had vowed to defy the resolution of NEC and were determined to go ahead in pursuit of their agenda as if they were members of the party.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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