Actor and Politician, John Dumelo has indicated that visiting students and interacting with them with handshakes, hugs and kisses is his campaign-style for the December 2020 general elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency has received numerous criticisms by sections of the public who see his way of engaging University students, particularly female students at the University of Ghana (Legon) as ‘gross and predatory.’
On Friday, the actor posted fresh pictures from another of such visits on his Twitter handle where he was seen eating, chatting, receiving kisses and taking pictures with students in their halls of residence.
After another round of criticism, the actor in an interview with ABC News indicated that every politician has ‘what works for him’ as a campaign strategy. He says while some prefer to dole out cash and other ‘goodies’, his is to have a personal connection with the electorate even if it means going round hugging each one of them.
“Every politician has his own style, every politician has what works for him and so if what works for me is going around and shaking hands and giving people hugs, that’s what works for me. Somebody’s own is going round and giving money, me too my own is giving hugs. At the end of the day, we’ll see who wins,’ he explained.
When asked how confident he was of snatching the seat from the governing New Patriotic Party’s Lydia Alhassan, John Dumelo answered, ‘One time’.
According to John Dumelo, the seat is not a safe one for the NPP as many may assume. He maintains that even if it were, the odds of him winning remain high, just as a number of NPP candidates snatched the seats of many NDC legislators in the 2016 general elections.
“When people make those assertions, I just laugh. I mean there are so many seats that the NPP took over in 2016, we’re talking about Ledzokuku, some seats in Upper West and even Northern Region, where the NPP had never won but they won in 2016.
“So if people say this is a pro-NPP seat so you can never win, what about the ones that were pro-NDC but the NPP won in 2016, the same analogy can be applied to Ayawaso West.
“Ayawaso West is an elitist constituency but I feel that its a seat that can be won by the NDC. We’ve come close so many times to winning it so it can be won. There are just some few seats that we know that whatever we do, we can never win, like the Bantama seat, we can only close the gap but for Ayawaso west, we can definitely win Ayawaso West it and we will win it,” John Dumelo told ABC News.