Popular Ghanaian movie actor, John Dumelo, has met Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, standard bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), in private in an obvious attempt to lobby his way into the campaign team of the party.
During the meeting, Dumelo ran down President John Mahama, calling him names, Political Assistant to Nana Akufo-Addo, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has disclosed.
After waiting for months without getting a call-up or any role to play in the NPP’s campaign team, an obviously disappointed Dumelo turned his gun on Nana Akufo-Addo in an attempt to ridicule him.
Sometime last week, he took to his tweeter handle @johndumelo1 and tweeted what some have described as the most ridiculous message from him: “I have nothing against Nana Addo, but I only see one person being sworn in come January 2017 and it’s not him.”
But the man (Asenso-Boakye) popularly called Original Kabila, who facilitated the actor’s meeting with the NPP flagbearer sometime last year, decided to respond to Dumelo’s tantrums in a letter posted on his (Asenso-Boakye’s) facebook wall. He said, “You were disappointed in the president for supervising a corrupt and incompetent administration, for which reason, you offered to go round the country and propagate the good message of Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP.”
He wondered, “Why cast aspersions on a man whose character you acknowledged as impeccable and worthy of the highest office of the land only a few months ago, when u called on him to express your eagerness to campaign for him?”
Mr Asenso-Boakye pointed out, “Nana was generous with his time and urged you to be a good role model for the youth by striving for excellence in your chosen career.
“It’s all the more deeply regrettable that despite his kind words and fatherly advice to you, you are willing, for the fleeting lure of patronage, to sell your soul.”
Dumelo did not only endorse but joined other actors, including Selassie Ibrahim, whose company – Smarttys Management and Production Limited – recently defrauded the nation in a bus rebranding saga, to campaign for then candidate John Mahama in the run-up to the 2012 general election.
Others, including Clement Bonney aka Mr Beautiful, Kwame Djokoto and Pattington Papa Nii Papafio, also mounted political campaign platforms to canvass for Mahama.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu