The United Progressive Party (UPP), founded by Akwasi Addai Odike, a Kumasi-based popular footwear dealer, was yesterday dealt with a heavy blow as its General Secretary exited the political grouping ahead of the 2016 general election.
Razak Kojo Opoku dumped Odike’s party to join the newly formed All People’s Congress (APC), founded by Hassan Ayariga, who lost to Dr. Edward Mahama in the People’s National Convention (PNC) flagbearership race recently.
The UPP chief scribe, who announced his resignation in a statement to the media on Monday, told Daily Guide in an interview that his move was expected to enhance the image of the APC.
“I think that I need a different platform to exhibit my potential, which the UPP – in some way somehow – cannot afford me the opportunity,” he explained.
According to Razak, he had neither been bought nor influenced with money, and that his decision was borne out of his personal conviction.
The former UPP General Secretary said he had been in the trenches with Hassan Ayariga for many years, including the formation of the ACP, and therefore wanted the public not to see him as a traitor.
Akwasi Addai Odike was elected flagbearer of the UFP but later got sacked by the party’s National Executive Committee ahead of the 2012 general election for alleged incompetence, but held on to the position till he formed his own group and received certification for operation from the Electoral Commission in May 2015.
Razak pointed out in his statement that joining forces with Ayariga was a positive way of contributing to finding ways that would improve the lives of Ghanaians.
He sees the APC as having a brighter prospect, which he indicated, would be seen right after this year’s elections, noting that it would surely become the third force in the country after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He believes that the UPP would find a replacement, but added that it would take a good political strategy for the party to get stabilized.