Popular comedian Kwame Dzokoto won the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency Parliamentary Primary seat to represent the ruling the National Democratic Congress in 2016’s General Elections.
But Dr. Richard Amoako Baah, the former head of the political science department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has a message for the TV personality of ‘Edziban’ fame.
He spoke with an Accra based Class FM on Monday.
“Some of the winners are just a bit worrying you know…when you have someone like Dzokoto, I mean what did he campaign on, ‘edziban’ or something? I don’t understand it.”
“It becomes almost like a popularity contest because the candidates don’t actually debate each other for the voters to actually see what they are leaned towards….which is not good, and, so, in the end it becomes a popularity contest and Dzokoto is well-known, edziban, and I’m sure it has a lot to do with why he won.
“I mean look, once you are a comedian, always a comedian. And you go to Parliament and people will see you from that perspective. You start saying something…important and they start laughing [at you] and it’s not a laughing matter in Parliament.
“I’m not saying ‘edziban’ will not do well…I want him to educate himself and go and do the work he has submitted himself to do, not to go over there and engage in jokes or something.”
Kwame Dzokoto pulled 1,450 votes to beat Thomas Okyere with 398 votes.