Entertainment of Thursday, 13 October 2016
Choirmaster has debunked news making the rounds that he has joined his Praye colleagues to endorse New Patriotic People(NPP)’s Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Ghana Most Beautiful singer says he has not openly declared his support for any political party hence he should not be associated with the NPP endorsement.
Speaking with Showbiz after the Praye group now made up of Praye Tietia and Praye Tintin openly declared their support for the NPP’s Presidential candidate and even joined the party at its manifesto launch last Sunday, Choirmaster said, “I just want to set the records straight that Choirmaster hasn’t endorsed any political party or candidate. Besides, I’m no more a member of Praye so the decision they take as a group can’t affect my choice.”
Choirmaster said even though he respects the decision of his “brothers,” he does not want to be associated with the endorsement because they probably may have benefitted from it as well.
“I also need to make my position clear on this because the two may have been paid for the endorsement but as I sit here, I haven’t benefitted so what’s the point in including me in their endorsement?” he queried.
“Besides, I believe I can use my platform to promote peace and unity when I stay neutral rather than declare my support for a political party.
“Though we pride ourselves as a democratic state, we know how people attach emotions to parties and see their political opponents as enemies.
“ As celebrities, we have huge following and have influence and as such, we can use the status to promote the peace we all crave for before, during and afterthe upcoming elections,” he stated.
In a radio interview on Hitz FM, Praye Tietia made assertions that suggested that the group had always admired Nana Akufo Addo as far back as in 2008 and so their endorsement was an affirmation of their belief in Nana’s principles.
But speaking on the subject, Choirmaster who is currently promoting his latest song, Thunder Faya denied it and said the only time the group could have been associated with the NPP was when the president of MUSIGA, Obour contacted them to compose a peace song for the NPP party.
“If I quite remember, this was the only time we had any political negotiations with a party. Even with that, NPP didn’t contact us directly. It was Obour who came to us and the song was not even released after completion because Obour never got back to us till after the elections,” he explained.
The Praye duo joins celebrities such as Socrate Safo, Mark Okraku Mantey, Cwesi Oteng, Bibi Bright, A-Plus, Lucky Mensah, Mzbel, Agya Koo, Matilda Asare and John Dumelo who have publicly declared their support for a political party.