The 2016 flagbearer of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai Odike has denied reports that he has been sacked from his party.
According to him, nobody can sack him from a party he founded with his own resources.
The National Executive Council (NEC) unanimously voted to show Odike the exit on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.
Addressing a press conference shortly after the decision was carried out, Mr Bukari Kuoru, the acting General Secretary of the party said: “Upon several deliberations, NEC has resolved to weed out a thorn in the flesh of the UPP. In accordance with Article 29 and Article 16 (3) of the party’s constitution, Mr Kwesi Addai Odike has been dismissed indefinitely by a unanimous decision by NEC acting on the advice of the national council until further notice.
He added: “Voting has been done and in compliance with Article 28 of the party’s constitution, Mr Kwesi Addai Odike, henceforth, ceases to be a member of the party and as such cannot carry out any executive duties, parade himself in the name of the party or on behalf of the party in any instance whatsoever.”
He called on eligible Ghanaians interested in the flag bearer slot to pick nomination forms from the party’s office.
“Now that he is out of the way, the UPP shall go on and any eligible Ghanaian interested in occupying any position in the party can come forward to the party’s office and take or pick a form.”
But Kwasi Addae Odike in response in an interview with Kasapa News urged the public to treat the said dismissal with the contempt that it deserves, insisting that he remains the leader of the UPP.
“I can boldly say that I founded the party with my own money and nobody can ever sack me from the party. In the UPP, before someone will be sacked, the person must first be written to before the action is taken, here I am, I’ve not received any letter nor had any information. I only got to hear of my sack on air and that is not right. I can never be sacked from the UPP, ” Odike fumed.