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Odike sacked from IPAC meeting

Drama reportedly unfolded at the Electoral Commission (EC) office on Wednesday, this week, when the Founder and the 2016 flagbearer of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr. Akwasi Addai, better known as Odike, was turned away by security personnel when he went there to attend an Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting.
The IPAC meeting was to present the roadmap for the compilation of a new voters register to the political parties.
The Chronicle gathered that not only was he barred from entering the conference room where the meeting was being held, but was equally denied access to the facilities at the commission.
A dejected Akwasi Addai had no option than to leave the EC office and go home.
Information available to this paper alleged that Odike has been suspended by the UPP for gross insubordination, but was still trying to attend the IPAC meeting.
Mr. Akwasi Addai was tight-lipped on the issue when The Chronicle called him on phone for his side of the story.
When contacted, Odike said he was advised by his lawyer not to comment on the issue anymore, but said he had reported one Kenneth Asamoah (Nana Kwame), who claimed to be the Acting Chairman of the party and was allowed to represent him and the UPP by the EC, to the Ashanti Regional Police CID for impersonation.
According to Odike, Mr Kenneth Asamoah knows nothing about politics, and accused the EC of being autocratic and also having an agenda against him.
To him, the Chairperson of the EC and her team do not know what they are doing and that they are not on top of issues.
Mr Kenneth Asamoah, on his part, confirmed that Odike was sacked from the meeting because he was not the right person to represent the party.
According to him, the EC wrote to party chairmen and their secretaries, and that Odike, as the 2016 flagbearer of the party, was not one of those invited.
He disclosed that Odike reported him to the Ashanti Regional Police CID, but the investigations conducted proved that Odike had no case, and that he has also reported Odike to the police for threatening to kill him.
Attempts to get the EC to also comment on the issue proved futile, as the Director of Public Affairs, Madam Sylvia Annor, failed to answers our calls on two different occasions.
A text message sent to her was also not responded to as at the time of filing the story.

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