Gyataba Sues Odike Over Control Of UFP

Nana Agyenim Boateng, Founder and Chairman of the United Front Party (UFP), has filed a suit to affirm the suspension of the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike.

Also joined in the suit are Samuel Bekoe Owusu and Razak Kojo Opoku, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of the party respectively.

The suit, filed by Adaba and Co. Legal Practitioners in Accra for and on behalf of the party, is also praying 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.

In a statement of claim, Dr. Agyenim Boateng, popularly called Gyataba, said at a meeting of NEC, a resolution was passed that the defendants, who had engaged in a conduct inimical to the interest of the party but rather geared towards their own personal aggrandizement, were to be suspended indefinitely from the party.

He stated that the said resolution was preceded by a letter denouncing their decision to furnish the Electoral Commission with names purporting to be those of elected regional executives of the UFP when in fact, no such election had been held to choose any executives.

It said NEC took the decision in order to safeguard the chances of the party remaining as one united entity in readiness for the next elections.

According to Gyataba, in spite of the decision by NEC, the defendants had vowed to defy the resolution passed and were bent on undermining the chances of the party remaining as a united entity in readiness for the 2016 general elections.

It further averred that the defendants by their indefinite suspension, have no say in the running of the affairs of the party as far as the preparations towards the forthcoming elections are concerned or for any other purpose of the party, adding that ‘The defendants are however, determined on defying the orders suspending them [and] are bent on causing mischief in the party.’

UFP congress
The party will on February 14, 2015 organize its national delegates’ congress at the Jubilee Park, Kumasi, to elect new party executives as well as its flagbearer for the December 2016 national polls.

According to a statement signed by Mr.  Bekoe Owusu, the election of new national officers as well as a flagbearer, would be on the same day.

Another statement issued by the party in Accra and signed by the acting national chairman, Mr Stephen Forson, said the decision was taken after the NEC meeting in Accra last week Monday.

It also suspended two other persons – Samuel Bekoe Owusu, the party’s General Secretary and Kennedy Saku, national youth organizer –  indefinitely.

The statement from Mr Owusu, however, indicated that the UFP moved a step further in its preparation towards the 2016 general election when it successfully conducted elections in all the 10 regions to elect its regional officers.

The statement added that the election was the last hurdle for the party to complete its re-organisation efforts to position itself well for the election of national executives and a presidential candidate.

The UFP was certified by the Electoral Commission (EC) as a political party on August 12, 2011 and contested the December 2012 elections.

Odike Factor
The statement quoted Mr Owusu as saying that besides the fact that Mr Akwasi Addai was not able to deliver to the party’s expectation, it was confronted with numerous challenges which had a negative effect on the party’s performance.

It said the key contenders for the various positions were Mr Akwasi Addai for the   flagbearer position, Samuel Bekoe Owusu for the chairmanship and Razak Opoku for the general secretary position.

By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson  

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