Business mogul and Founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Akwasi Addae Odike has said people of Ghana have not enjoyed the essence of their votes since the nation moved to multi-party democracy in the year 1992.
The politician made it clear that growth and development remains an intrinsic element of democracy without the citizens only vote but don’t enjoy the significance of voting.
In an interview on the Cup Of Tea Segment on Kumasi-based Ultimate FM, he noted that “since 1992, Ghanaians have been going to the polls to vote but the returns from the voting are not forthcoming.”
He told the host, “we are pretending to be practicing democracy without realizing that democracy and development are indivisible. In our case, everything is pointing in the opposite direction.”
Mr. Addae Odike emphasized that Ghana’s constitution has given politicians veto power beyond the voting of the ordinary citizen thereby emboldening them to melt harsh treatment on the electorates
“Per the architectural structure of the economy, when a party forms a government, winner takes all; cronyism; nepotism; political chauvinism and political segregation takes place leaving the people at the mercy of the fortunate few,” he decried.
The 2020 flagbearer of the UPP made these statements, speaking on the value of the electorate’s vote to the politician, a year after Ghana’s 2020 national elections which saw the Nana Akufo Addo administration maintained power with parliament dangling in chicken and egg situation.
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