Ghana Politics

Forget Akufo Addo, vote for the ‘jail candidate’ –  Aplus to Assin North voters

Former singer and political activist Kwame Asare Bediako, better known by his stage as A Plus, has advised Assin North citizens to vote for a candidate who faces possible jail time in order to attract government attention and development to their area.

According to A Plus, prior by-elections have helped spur the government to invest in a number of localities, and Assin North may have a similar chance to profit as Kumawu did in the most recent by-election.

A Plus especially urged the locals to back James Gyakye Quayson, a candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who is presently being prosecuted at the High Court on criminal accusations.

He claims that if Quayson wins the election and then loses in court, it would result in another by-election and ultimately more government attention and development in the region.

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The supply of an astroturf and other benefits the inhabitants are experiencing as a result of the June 27 vote were among the latest developments brought about by the by-election that A Plus, speaking to the locals, expressed delight about.

He made the amusing comment that the government might relocate Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to Assin North if the election was postponed until the following year.

He argued that voting for such a candidate would result in another by-election and subsequently attract significant government investment, including the relocation of Parliament and possibly the Tema Port to Assin North. He disagreed with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s recent statement advising against voting for a candidate who may face imprisonment.

Read a transcription of his video message below:

“Assin North constituency, I greet you all, and good evening to everyone. Some years bring evil, but some also bring good. Look at what you have received because of the by-election. You have now received an astroturf, rice, cement… I’m even certain that if the election were to be held next year, they would bring Korle Bu to Assin North. God has blessed you, and I hope you will have another by-election.

“Yesterday, I saw my own father, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is my everything. He came to Assin North for a campaign. Daddy, you have become nice, and it’s been a long time since I saw you. He said something that made me very happy. He said, ‘Don’t vote for someone who will go to prison.’ But let me tell you, he is lying. Vote for someone who will go to prison. Will you get anything after voting, then your MP is jailed and there is another by-election?

“I swear to God, they will bring parliament to Assin North. They will come and build the parliament house in Assin North. They will bring everything there. Right now, it is the by-elections that are bringing development to Ghana. So, don’t listen to what my father said. He is lying. Vote for someone who will go to prison.

“If they say someone will go to prison, that’s the person you should vote for. Vote for Quayson. So, if he goes to prison and there is a by-election, I swear to God, the things that will come… Do you know that they will bring the Tema Port to Assin North? They will… Boys in Assin North, use your brains and vote for the prison candidate so that there will be another by-election, and they will come and develop the place.”

The Assin North by-election has been scheduled to take place on June 27, 2023, following the expungement of the former member of Parliament James Gyakye Quayson over a dual citizenship case that went as far as the Supreme Court of Ghana.


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