Former President Mahama has said the decision by two of Ghana’s popular musicians to endorse the candidature of President Akufo-Addo ahead of the December 7 polls does not rub him in the wrong way.
According to the NDC flagbearer, he sees nothing wrong with a celebrity’s decision to campaign for a party or a candidate he likes or prefers.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Francis Abban on Starr FM, Mahama said although a celebrity going ahead to endorse a candidate is not a crime, it has a ripple effect on the career of the individual involved.
“Musicians will make music for a candidate but it doesn’t amount to an endorsement. But we don’t understand it. In Ghana, if a musician does music for a political party it leads to antipathy from the opposite party.”
Mahama added that he has decided not to include any celebrity in his recent campaigning exercise because it affects and destroys their careers.
“In this particular campaign I have discouraged the involvement of celebrities in my campaign because it leads to the destruction of their careers.”
Replying to the host’s question on whether he has something against Samini and Sarkodie or not for publicly coming out to endorse President Akufo-Addo, Mahama said he has no ill-feeling against them or any other person.
Oh! I like them and my feeling towards them do not change. Samini is a talented musician and we all like his music…
I will not like to involve musicians and celebrities in my campaigns because it destroys their careers. People will think that because they support you, they will not support their music or career.
This comment by John Dramani Mahama comes on the back of a recent song released by Sarkodie wherein the rapper said his support is for Akufo-Addo for solving ‘Dumsor” (erratic power supply) and introducing Free Senior High School.
Samini has also endorsed Akufo-Addo earlier including other key celebrities.