National executives of the United Progressive Party (UPP) have accused the party’s flag bearer, Akwasi Addai Odike, of receiving GHS 500,000 to endorse the candidature of opposition New Patriotic Party presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo for the 7 December polls.
According to the executives, investigations had revealed that the party’s national organiser, Mr Saahene, also received GHS6000 of the said amount and Sammy Awuku, who is the National Youth Organiser of the NPP, also took 10 per cent after brokering the deal.
The executives have asked members of the party to ignore Mr Odike’s endorsement of the NPP as he is an individual whose views, opinions, actions, and inactions do not represent those of the party.
The executives, who described Mr Odike as a “failed business man” and a “political prostitute” asked him to refund all party funds of GHS 600,000 and two Toyota pickup vehicles before the December 7 elections.
The executives have declared their support for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its flag bearer John Dramani Mahama, describing him as “humble, approachable, a unifier, respectful, and peace-loving” person.
The UPP’s First National Vice-chairman, who is also the acting National Chairman of the UPP, Alhaji Bashiru Zakari, said these in a press conference in Kumasi on Monday 28 December.
Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister Andy Okrah, who is also the regional campaign chairman of the NDC, accepted their endorsement.