Why John Dumelo is tipped to win the Ayawaso West Wuogon seat
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Politics in Ghana has largely been dominated by lawyers, businessmen and some academics to name a few. Rarely do people from the creative arts sector enter into serious party politics but of late the narrative has changed. When the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger became mayor of the great city of California, it made people across the globe realize that, people in the movie and music industry can definitely venture into politics as well. Veteran Ghanaian actor, Fritz Baffour also made history by becoming one of the few people from the creative arts sector to go into the Parliament of Ghana. One such man seeking to do same and rewrite the history books is the man John Dumelo.
With over 5 million followers on social media alone, John Dumelo is widely known in Ghana and Africa at large as a star actor. Having starred in many brilliant movie productions, John is definitely an accomplished actor with several laurels to his name. It was however surprising to many, when John Dumelo decided to venture into the world of politics in Ghana. His political journey began in 2012, when he openly campaigned for former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Since then, John Dumelo has never looked back and has passionately pursued his political dream to the top. John Dumelo, who is now the National Democratic Congress’ candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency in the Greater Accra region, is seeking to enter Parliament. Why is John Dumelo tipped to win?
The Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency has been held by the governing New Patriotic Party for a long while now. The current Member of Parliament, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, took over from her deceased husband in 2018, after winning a bye-election. However, with a brand like John Dumelo coming into the picture, the dynamics of this constituency is definitely set to change.
John Dumelo who is not only an actor but a farmer, businessman and entrepreneur is definitely set to garner the votes of many in the constituency. A careful look and analysis of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency reveals it as one that is youth based and intellectual as well as affluent. John Dumelo with his tremendous wealth of influence and popularity can connect to many grassroots and people on the ground. Many generally brand John Dumelo as a newbie and a newcomer in the political arena and some use this as the basis to write him off and predict that he would lose in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
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Daily on social media, John Dumelo always displays pictures and videos of himself reaching out to the common, everyday people in his constituency and solving their issues to the best of his ability. Even though many have labelled his campaign as merely a social media based project, John keeps reaching people with his both on and off social media regardless. And lest we forget, socially media has now become a highly powerful tool for communication and other essential activities. So, for John Dumelo to have his campaign message very visible on social media is rather a big plus to him and can be a signal of something greater.
From the bye-election which produced Lydia Seyram Alhassan as the Member of Parliament, it was clear that most of the votes she obtained were “sympathy votes” and were largely based on the legacy of her late husband, the honourable Boakye Agyarko. The 2020 elections will definitely not be an easy one for Madam Lydia Alhassan as she faces very stiff competition from John Dumelo.
The efforts of some celebrities like “Mr Beautiful” and Mr Kwame Dzokoto; popularly known as “Edziban,” to win elections in Ghana has made some pundits quite skeptical about the chances of John Dumelo. The 2020 election therefore promises to be an exciting one as there are many keen contests such as this one to be monitored across the country. Some big names are expected to retain their seats but considering what transpired at the just ended NPP primaries, one cannot say for sure hat exactly to expect come December 7. Nonetheless, the chances of John Dumelo in this key political contest are quite high and he stands quite a chance of making it into the Parliament of Ghana.