Founder and leader of United Front Party (UFP), Akwasi Addai, also known as Odike, has joined campaigners for a ‘NO Vote’ in December 17 referendum.
The politician and businessman argue endorsing partisan participation in local government election can only be a breeding ground for corruption.
Mr Odike says the winner-takes –all syndromes of Ghana politics has jeopardized the economy, and must not be encouraged.
He has eulogised the National House of Chiefs for kicking against the move, despite, disagreement among the traditional leaders over the matter.
“Voting Yes in the upcoming referendum will deepen corruption from the seat of the president to the district level.
As in the case of the Members of Parliament, most of them pocket their common fund for campaign. We will have same issue in the district level election if we vote yes in the referendum. My fellow Ghanaians don’t kowtow to president’s Yes vote comment –let’s vote No”.
Mr. Odike says the partisan politics has also created division among the populace and retarded development.
He explains people with good ideas who are willing to support local development will be side-lines because they have no money.
Mr Odike wants government to establish electoral court to fast track trial of corrupt cases related to elections instead of legalizing illegality.
“We will establish electoral court when United Front Party comes to power to deal effectively with election related malpractices”.
By: Nana Awuku Denkyembuo