EC Clears Odike

The Electoral Commission (EC) has given the United Progressive Party (UPP) the final certification to contest the 2016 election.

The party has blue, white, red and black as its colours – close to the NPP’s – distinguished only by the black. Its motto is Economic Empowerment.

The newly formed party was given the approval last Friday after the EC indicated that it (party) had met all the requirements.

This adds up to 24 the number of registered political parties in Ghana under the Fourth Republic.

The party was founded by the flagbearer of the United Front Party (UFP) for election 2012, Akwasi Addai popularly known as Odike.

Odike, a popular footwear dealer in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, was elected flagbearer of the UFP but he was later sacked by the party’s National Executive Committee ahead of the 2012 general elections for incompetence.

Speaking to Citi News after receiving the certificate, Odike said the UPP’s main focus was to win the 2016 election with its job creation message.

He admitted that the two main political parties in Ghana – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – have a large following but the vision of the UPP would help it emerge winner in 2016.

According to Odike, the UPP has all the needed structures in place to help it kick out the governing NDC.

‘It is clear that we are going to contest the 2016 elections because we are ready; we have the structures already in place.’

Odike announced that the UPP would soon organize its first national congress to elect national officers to steer the affairs of the party.

‘After the congress, we will start campaigning aggressively and vigorously,’ he said.

The slogan of the UPP is ‘UPP: Eye mere, UPP: Ye mere nie.’

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