- Actor John Dumelo has said he is the redeemer of the people of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency
- According to Dumelo, he decided to get into politics because of his personal desire to be a legislator and also calls by his constituents to make a foray into the legislative race
- According to him, despite the affluence of the constituency, there are so many problems and they feel that it’s time for somebody to get to parliament and address their issues
Actor John Dumelo believes he is the right man to bring the change required the people of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
Dumelo has officially picked forms contest as MP in the constituency on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The star actor has been nurturing his political career for some time now, and he believes he will bring change to the constituency should he be elected legislator.
"Filing means a lot not just to me but to my constituency which is Ayawaso West Wuogon and most importantly to my constituents who are yearning for change, who are yearning for development, who are yearning for jobs, who are yearning for somebody to come and redeem their image, and, so, that's one of the reasons I decided to contest,” he told Accra-based Class fm.
Dumelo further stated that he decided to jump into the race because he felt the need to listen to the voice of several other people who have encouraged him to contest.
According to him, it was a call by the youth in the NDC, the youth outside the party and also from some floating voters.
"It was a call by the youth in the party, it was a call even by the youth outside the party, it was a call by the floating voters that: 'Look, John, we want you to come and contest, we need your voice in parliament and a representation of them in parliament'; and if it's my voice, its their voice and if it's their voice, it's my voice.
“I think that they called on me to contest, I sat down, I made a few calls, I made some few consultations and I realised that: 'Look, if the people are calling you to contest, why not?’”
"[I did have the desire to be a Member of Parliament] but you know, when you have the desire and the people add their voice to it, then you know that it's a sign and it's the time for you to contest,” he said.
Dumelo expressed confidence in his abilities to succeed as an MP, saying “I think I'm going to do a marvelous job in parliament and I think Ayawaso West is a seat that we can win for the NDC.”
He added: "We won in 1992, we won in 1996; it's just 2000, 2004, 2008 [up to date that we lost] but from 2004 to 2012 we came close to winning it, that's the truth of the matter.
“In 2012, we lost Ayawaso West by just over 1,600 and that should tell you that the seat is for the NDC, it is for us but because of one or two issues, we were not able to win that seat and I think it's time that we put somebody there who can unite the constituency, first and foremost, unite the people and win the seat for the NDC."
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