The fifth President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, Bice Osei Kuffour has rated himself as having done a pretty good job while serving as the Union President for eight years despite claims by some musicians that he was a ‘bad’ leader.
According to Obour, anybody who seeks to judge him on his Presidency needs to remember the state MUSIGA was in before he became President and what he has done to change the image of the organisation.
The character of Mr Kuffour has come under some attacks since he disclosed plans to contest the Parliamentary seat of Asante Akyem South on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Some Musicians including Shatta Wale, Criss Waddle, Jedu-Blay Ambolley and D-Black have described Obour as a ‘failure’, calling on Ghanaians not to vote for him.
But speaking in an interview with ABC News, Obour said he managed to achieve all seven key promises to musicians in the country in his eight-year reign which included improving the recognition and respect for the profession as well as contributing to improving the general standard of living of the musicians.
“I think I did a very very good job [as MUSIGA President], again, people who judge me on MUSIGA need to understand where MUSIGA was before I came in, that’s one first thing. The second thing is what I promised musicians when I wanted to run for the Presidency. I came to MUSIGA with a plan and to the best of my understanding and to the best of my abilities, I executed the plan fully.
“I came to MUSIGA promising some key 7 things and we’ve been able to execute all those seven things and so yes, maybe some people were expecting me to do things that were not within my plan and I was not able to do them, I’m sure another person will do them, but they should judge me based on what I promised and if I failed, let me be failed on the premise of what I promised that I couldn’t deliver. But if I was able to deliver everything I promised, please they should spare me and make me become vindicated,” he said.
A few days ago, Arab Money Gang (AMG) Boss, Criss Waddle and some colleague musicians mounted a spirited campaign against Obour in the upcoming parliamentary primaries.
Speaking to ABC News on these claims and its tendency to mar his chances of winning the primaries, Obour said the people of Asante Akyem and by extension, Ghanaians are discerning and can decide who to vote for in the upcoming NPP primaries.
“I can sue them for defamation but I feel strongly that people who are discerning will not just join the bandwagon. We know that if people are corrupt, they are prosecuted and I think the whole musician body cannot be fooled. Supposing it is some group saying this, we have the whole musician body.
“Again I contested for re-election, why was I not voted out so let people talk but at the end of the day, there are discerning minds and I think the people of Asante Akyem are much clever to know who they want to work with than to sit and listen to claims without proof, accusations, people making propaganda claims, I think the delegates of Asante Akyem are wiser than that,” he added.