The 2016 flagbearer of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai Odike has been sacked from his party.

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.”