Three great English Premier League legends lead an EPL Masters team to Ghana to play in a peace match at the Accra Sports Stadium to create awareness for peace, ahead of the December elections and to honour the memory of Ghana’s late president John Evans Atta Mills.
Liverpool duo of Robie Fowler and Steve McManaman as well as Andy Cole of Manchester United will lead a 19 EPL Masters team to Ghana on September 13, to be part of several activities to create awareness for peace and to commiserate with all Ghanaians on the passing of former President John Mills.
Dubbed “Playing for Peace and in honour of Mills” the EPL legends will play Ghana’s ex-Black Stars legends on September 15, 2012, in a game that will see all presidential candidates or their representatives unite for peace and admire the beautiful game of football.
Organised by G7 Koncepts in collaboration with Joy Sports and British Council, the peace project will also see political party youths in the various constituencies in Accra, play in series of curtain raisers before the mouth watering encounter between the EPL Legends and the ex-Black Stars legends.
Already, the Odododiodio constituency noted for its rich political, boxing and football history is in the fray with the various political party youths preparing to feature in the top liner of the curtain raisers.
Myjoyonline.com is serializing the preparation of the various political party youths ahead of what will undoubtedly be a football rally for peace and in honour of Mills at the Accra Sports Stadium and it begins with the NPP in Odododiodio.
Peace message from the aspiring NPP MP-Victor Okaikoi.
“The Odododiodio constituency is made up of people from different ethnic groups. It is a gorgeous mosaic of people and it is a microcosm of the type of society we would like to build the nation into. We all live peacefully; we have for a very long period of time and we would like to keep it that way. It is the way of the future.”
Profile of Aspirant
Capt Rtd Victor Okaikoi
“A son of the soil,” a man of many of careers- politician, a military officer a businessman. That is Victor Okaikoi a New Patriotic Party aspiring Member of Parliament for Odododiodio seeking to dethrone the NDC from a seat that will arguably be one of the hotly contested in the upcoming elections.
After 13 years of service as a military officer and with a rank of captain Victor Okaikoi escaped from the Usher Fort Prison in 1979 where he was confined against his wishes after being accused by the erstwhile AFRC military government of an attempted coup.
“I was picked up from Burma Camp where I was living at the time and bundled off to first the BNI and then later on to Usher Fort," he told Myjoyonline.com
His first accusation was that he collected bribes from business men but later on the Chairman of the AFRC Fl Lt Jerry John Rawlings was reported to have told the Justice Francoise commission that was set up to investigate the matter that Okaikoi and his colleagues were confined because they were considered a threat to the state.
Before he would be tried, Okaikoi mysteriously escaped from the Usher Fort prison and went into exile.
“I just didn’t walk out, I actually wrote a letter to then President Limann, copied Flt Lt Rawlings who had just come out of political office; copied my lawyer at the time Nana Addo Danqua Akufo-Addo and told them that if by a certain time I was not released or tried then I will find a way to regain my freedom and I did that.” Okaikoi said.
Asked how he escaped, he was philosophical: “We are all endowed with natural instincts and the one of self preservation is the strongest in humans and animals. If you threatened to kill a cat it fights back; if you threatened to kill a human being it finds a way to avoid that from happening and so I used my ingenuity and succeeded in getting out of there.”
He was out and about in UK, US where he spent a good number of years acquiring knowledge in politics, law, business and is back with a vow to wrest the Odododiodio seat.
He is a product of the Achimota School; two years behind Jerry Rawlings.
“My campaign team is going to go out into all the homes that will be allowed into; speak to all the inhabitants and the traders and the multiplicity of different persons at Odododiodio and tell them what we want to do to transform the society to ensure that they all have better living standards.