The Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr. Akwasi Addae popularly known as Odike, has accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of lacking good morals to showcase good leadership in the country.
Speaking to Oheneba Boamah Bennie on Dwaboase on Power 97.9 FM, Odike, a business mogul and politician expressed disappointment in the government of Akufo-Addo following the wanton display of profligacy and abuse of power.
Odike also disclosed that he once revered Akufo-Addo and had confidence in him to put Ghana on the right track after struggling for 12 years before getting the nod to lead the country but that cannot be said of him in the recent past.
Reacting to the recent heightening perception of corruption in the country, Odike said Akufo-Addo cannot “hit his chest and say he is incorruptible.”
“Let’s see where Nana Addo is coming from,” he continued. “He [Akufo-Addo] witnessed Nkrumah’s administration. His father became the president of this country when Busia was the Prime Minister. He witnessed the PFP times. Nana Addo and his people went to establish PNP in 1979 and became an MP at Akyem Abuakwa for 12 years.”
He went on, “He [Akufo-Addo] became an Attorney General and later a Foreign Affairs Minister. He became a flag bearer [for the NPP] and now a president. In terms of morality; in terms of protecting the public purse, Can he say he is incorruptible?”
He quizzed again, “Can he [Akufo-Addo] gather the momentum, the courage, look up to God and say he is not corrupt?”
Asked why he believes the president is corrupt, Odike fumed, “He is the most corrupt president ever in the history of Ghana.”
He mentioned, among other things, corrupt practices that have been recorded in the Akufo-Addo government which have deepened the perception that the people around the corridor of power are using the power to enrich themselves.
Odike’s accusation comes at a time most Ghanaians are bemoaning the high cost of living, stemming from the heightening prices of petroleum products.
Also, a recent survey by the Centre for Democratic Development – Ghana (CDD-Ghana) indicates that Ghanaians do not have confidence in the Akufo-Addo government to fight corruption.
The research also revealed that the majority of respondents have lost confidence in the Akufo-Addo government’s ability to protect the country’s financial resources and curb corruption over the next four years.
It is for this reason that Odike thinks Akufo-Addo who was projected as “a no nonsense man” has failed woefuly to protect the country’s resources and win public trust.
“We need gallant men to rescue this country,” he added.