Akwasi Addai; popularly known as Odike, the presidential nominee for the United Progressive Party (UPP) has backtracked on his earlier decision to contest the December 7, presidential polls.
Mr Odike in a letter dated November 9, 2016 signed by his lawyers Darko,Kelli-Dellata and Company and copied the Electoral Commission announced his withdrawal from the race with immediate effect.
The letter said ‘We act as lawyers for Odike Akwasi Addai Odike and we have his instructions to write to you on the matter under reference.
Our clients instruction, we regret to notify you of his decision to withdraw his nomination filing on October 29, 2016 to contest the impending presidential elections.
lawyers for one Mr Stephen Kweku Saahene, who is challenging the capacity of Mr Odike, yesterday also wrote to the EC, reminding the electoral management body not to deal with him because of the pending litigation.
The letter dated November 8 and wired to the EC said: “We have the instructions of our clients to bring to your notice that the suit instituted on the 28/9/2016 challenging the membership and capacity of Mr Akwasi Addai Odike as flag bearer of the United Progressive Party (UPP) is currently pending before the court for determination.”
“Please take further notice that the matter was last heard in court on November 7, 2016 and same was adjourned to December 5, 2016 for further hearing of the matter.
“We have the further instructions of our client to bring to your notice the pendency of this action in court to prevent your office from any dealings with the said Akwasi Addai Odike until the final determination of the said suit”
Mr Odike was among 13 presidential aspirants seeking to correct mistakes on their nomination forms for which reason the EC disqualified them from the presidential race.
But a Supreme Court ruling on Monday ordered the EC to give them a chance to make the necessary corrections by close of work on Tuesday, 8 November.