Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ claims that armed men have allegedly attacked his office at Patase, Kumasi.
It is alleged that gunmen went to the office of the former presidential aspirant at about 4:30pm on Monday, shooting randomly and vandalising cars parked on the premises.
Staff present at the office claim the gunmen ordered them to lie on the ground and assaulted them physically.
Odike, who was not in the office at the time of the incident has reported the occurrence to the Police.
The motive for the attack is unknown, but the businessman turned politician recently incurred the wrath of Manhyia Palace in Kumasi for his comments on the role of chiefs in illegal mining.
Speaking on a Kumasi-based radio station, Mr. Akwasi Addai unequivocally criticised chiefs for failing to help end the ‘galamsey’ menace.
He charged the youth to rise up and demonstrate against chiefs if the traditional rulers fail to come clear on their roles in or stance against illegal mining.
But his comment was described as distasteful and unsubstantiated, meant to dent the image of Manhyia.
Some chiefs of the Kumasi Traditional Council on Friday performed rituals and slaughtered a ram to ostensibly banish Odike from Manhyia.
The chiefs consider the words of Odike as disrespectful, hence he should have no business at Manhyia.
Meanwhile, the UPP leader seems unfazed by the development insisted that he has been vindicated by the attack on his office.
He added that a retraction of his comment is now out of the question as the ‘battle lines have been drawn.”
A visibly shaken Odike expressed hope that the police take action to bring the perpetrators to book as he also moves to beef up his own security.