Ghanaian businessman, founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Akwasi Addai Odike wants the Special Prosecutor (SP) to probe the weekend regional elections held by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Odike says he is shocked at the height of vote-buying that characterized the recently held regional executives’ election especially the Ashanti regional one held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium by the governing New Patriotic Party.
Odike bemoaned the high levels of monetary inducement in the governing party election over internal elections and therefore urge the SP, Kissi Agyabeng to institute investigation to the alleged bribery during that elections.
Monetary inducement has taken over all the electoral processes in the party, he stressed
“President Akufo-Addo is pushing his cronies with huge sums of monies to win the regional elections in order to take over the country Ghana” Mr Akwasi Addai said.
Odike alleged that the Jubilee House provided the winner of the Ashanti Regional elections Bernard Antwi Bosiako(Wontumi) with an amount of GHC 40,000 to each constituency and also over 300 uber cars were also distributed to induce delegates to vote for the president preferential candidate Wontumi.
Odike disclosed this during a panel discussion on OTEC FM Dwaberem with their host Prince Nii Ade (Dr Cash) on fallouts from the NPP regional elections.
He backtrees his claims with the recent comment made by one of the aspirants for the regional elections, Robert Asare Bediako who has confessed of paying GHC 1,000 each to over 802 delegates but got only 20 votes.
According to Chairman Asare Bediako the highest bidder won the Ashanti Regional election over the weekend.
Mr Bediako said “while I was paying each delegate GH¢1,000, I thought I would win but some paid more than me so the delegates also gave in to the highest bidder and it’s very worrying the trend of monetisation in our body politics”.
Odike advised that if care was not taken very soon people who have made unexplained wealth will invade the leadership of the various political parties in the country.