Kalybos & Others Endorse Minister’s Derogatory Remarks Against Dumelo

John Dumelo and his friends in NPP John Dumelo and his friends in NPP

Some actors and actresses, have accepted and endorsed the roundly condemned assertion by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, that Parliament is a serious place not for actors.

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, threw the jibe at actor John Seto rDumelo, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon.

Strangely, the actors namely; Prince David Osei, Bismark the Joke, Bibi Bright, Kalybos, General Ntetia and others, have accepted the minister's remark as true, and have jumped on the NPP's campaign, at no other place than the same Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, campaigning for their colleague's opposite number.

Interestingly, that none or most of the aforementioned actors and actresses do not reside in the constituency fueling speculation that they stormed the area to campaign just to spite their colleague.

Some say their actions, few days to major polls give them away as a group of people, who care less about their acting profession and will go at any length to have it denigrated so long as it involves parties.

This comes days after Ghanaians on social media woke up to pictures of a handful ofthese actors and actresses in the entertainment industry,gleefully posing with the NPP's Parliament Candidate Lydia Seyram Alhassan, ostensibly to endorse her candidature in the run up to next week's general elections.

They wore clad in NPP campaign t-shirts and showed one finger to the camera endorsing President Akufo-Addo and Lydia who are number one on the ballot paper

Though some viewed decision as their constitutional right to endorse whoever they thought was best in their view, many think that they shot themselves in the foot by running to the camp of the NPP after being denigrated by no less a person like a Minister and an MP.

Recall that last week Ayorkor Botchwey, the NPP MP for Anya Sowutuom in the Greater Accra Region was heard in a viral video canvassing for votes for her colleague MP saying "Parliament is a very serious business, it's a serious place. The place is not for those who think they can heal the sick. No! No! No! No! No! Do not let that happen. It is a serious place," she said.

She added that if the constituents fail to give the incumbent MP, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the nod and rather vote for John Dumelo, they will always be watching movies.

"If you mistakenly vote for John Dumelo instead of Lydia Alhassan, you'll always be watching movies at the movie theatre," Ayorkor Botchwey added.

Her comments which came as a shock to many was bluntly condemned by many especially industry players, who thought that it was unacceptable for the MP and Minister to descend into gutters like that. Actor Van Vicker, Kumawood actress Theresa Awuni and others took exception to the assertion by the Foreign Affairs Minister and even asked that she apologizes.

To most of these showbiz people, her statement was an insult to the intelligence of those in the creative sector.

The bone of contention by most of the creative actors like Van is that, she could simply have stated John Dumelo's weaknesses without bringing in what he does for a living, especially when she alluded that Parliament is for serious business and that John will only show movies to his constituents if he wins the MP bid.

Their decision to join the NPP's AWW campaign was attracted criticism from fellow actors and players in the industry who say it was dishonor to bypass John and join forces with a group of people who do not wish the industry well.

Actress Beverly Afaglo married to singer Praye Honeho, lambasted her colleagues for throwing their weight behind the incumbent, and not John Dumelo. According to her, it is expected for persons in the movie industry to at least support their member, John Dumelo, who is vying for a parliamentary position.

However, she claimed some industry players have thrown their weight behind his (Dumelo's) contender, the incumbent all in the name of money.

In a post the actress described the move as a "dishonour to a colleague's name and hardwork"; something Beverly said she could never do in her profession.

"How will I be able to disregard my profession and allow politics to make a ridicule of my profession? E go hard. Thank God am not in that corner but we should all remember that after 7th Dec life still goes on," parts of her Instagram story post read.

Another industry player and entertainment pundit, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo, called on Ghanaians and especially constituents of AWW to vote for Dumelo.

According to him, it will be better to vote John Dumelo into office as he can be easily accessible and the needed support for the industry he belongs to will be ensured.

Arnold Asamoah believes that regardless of the fact that Dumelo's colleagues are campaigning for the governing political party, that should not influence people against him but rather, they should vote the actor who has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he's selfless.

Citing an example, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo said "Some time ago, when some of us were feverishly and frantically canvassing for support for SocrateSafo to assume the office of Deputy Minister, some of his colleagues and fellow industry stakeholders called him classless and rather offered their support for one Kwadwo Antwi.

These guys forgot that it was easy to reach, see and interact with Socrate and walk into his office easily, assuming he got the nod. After Mr Antwi got another high profile office, these same colleagues of Socrate complained that it was torrid getting hold of Mr. Antwi.

They could not even trace his shadow and wondered if he altered his phone number interestingly, these guys were gleefully trooping in and out of Socrate's Office at NCC like some teletubbies – with ease! They all had issues and projects to share and requests to make."Actor James Gardiner has thrown his weight behind his colleague.

According to him, John Dumelo has proven to be selfless since joining the political scene and the people of Ayawaso West Wuogon will pay him for selflessness with their votes.

To him, his colleague has proven to the world that the Creatives are also blessed with knowledge and are people of substance.

James Gardiner's write up comes hours after colleagues in the Creative Industry joined his opponent, to campaign against him.

Others; including Joselyn Dumas, Xandy Kamel, Fred Nuamah, Beverly Afaglo, and Belinda Dzatta, have shown massive support to him. Former TV3 presenter Bridget Otoo has also blasted David Osei and co it isn't a smart move on the heels of the Foreign Affairs Minister describing them as unserious. I also mentioned, they could campaign for the party they want but maybe not in Ayawaso West Wuogon because that only confirms what the minister said against the actor.

The two John and Lydia, first tome contesting a general elections have brought dome fire into the campaign having fiercely contested this year's election andat some point clashing on social media and during debate.

Their current encounter was last week where at a programme organized by TV3, the sitting MP allegedly called the actor cum entrepreneur not sensible.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com