Founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addae 'Odike' has been caught on tape loudly bragging about the support he enjoys from the President John Mahama and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), to do their bidding, ahead of the 2016 general elections, according to adomonline.
In a 10 minutes conversation wtih a defector of his party, Gideon, Mr. Odike openly declared that he has received assurances from the President and the NDC that he would received massive funding and that other lesser political parties with similar agenda cannot compare themselves to him.
There had been allegations in the past that Mr. Odike was being bankrolled by the NDC and President Mahama, but the Kumasi-based businessman had always been quick to douse the allegations, claiming he was a man of his own.
However, a conversation captured on a tape between him and one Gideon, who was said to be a member of the UPP but also defected, appears to have given him and his conspirators.
The UPP founder, one the tape, also issued word of caution to his former General Secretary, Razak Kojo Opoku, who defected to the newly Hassan Ayariga, former presidential candidate of the People’s national Convention (PNC), threatening to deal drastically with him for spreading false rumours about the UPP.
There were recent reports of moves by some leading members of the UPP to remove Mr. Odike as the flagbearer for the party, a situation which Mr. Odike is fiercely resisting.
Odike complained bitterly that he has been receiving calls from the General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who is worried about the turn of events as far as the UPP.
The Kumasi-based business magnates conversation also appeared to complicit the Electoral Commission (EC), asserting that the electoral body has been updating him on all the machinations by some individuals to sabotage him and the NDC agenda to use him as a decoy in the run up to the elections.