Comedian and showbiz icon, Seth Kwame Dzokoto, says it is irrational for anyone to suggest that he cannot make any meaningful contribution in Parliament because of his work as a comedian.
The Actor cum Host of ‘Edziban’, a popular television show that mainly promotes Ghanaian cuisine, has been vetted and approved by the governing NDC in the Tarkwa Nsuem Constituency to contest in the party’s upcoming
primaries on November 7.
Mr. Dzokoto’s sudden leap from comedy into politics has stunned many with some questioning his capacity and competence.
Some of his critics and opponents have questioned his capacity to contribute in Parliament, should he eventually win his party’s primaries and go ahead to win the elections in 2016.
But Mr. Kwame Dzokoto, who is currently the General Manager of Accra-based Pluzz FM, has told rubbished such assertions.
“I have heard somebody say that Kwame is going to Parliament; does he think we are going to do concert there? So I asked myself this; we equally have doctors in Parliament; does it mean they are injecting people or giving clinical services there? That is not the case; they are representing the people to ensure that the right things are done in terms of passing laws; so that’s the job I am going to do there” he emphasized.
In an interview with Citi News’ Western Regional Correspondent, Obrempong Yaw Ampofo, he said his decision to go into politics is largely borne out of a genuine desire to give back to the people of Tarkwa Nsuaem.
“What I was doing in terms of entertainment or showbiz was also public service; but this is also public service on a different platform. This one is basically serving the people directly and they are going to give you a mandate to go and speak on their behalf. And they believe that I have the connections and links so I can easily lobby for things to get to them”.
“The fact of the matter is that, I started my radio career in Tarkwa and I believe that one day when I grow old posterity will judge me and they people will demand of me what I was able to do for them after they pushed me up to become a national icon. So I believe that if I can take this platform and fight for them it will be a nice decision”.
Kwame Dzokoto has only one contender in the primary with reports suggesting he is the favorite to win.
His popularity in the NDC is unknown although he is widely known in the Tarkwa Nsuem Municipality.
If he wins the primary, he will face stiff opposition from the NPP’s candidate, George Mireku-Duker, a one-time MCE for Tarkwa-Nsuem.
The Tarkwa-Nsuem seat has been occupied by the incumbent MP for the constituency, Gifty Eugenia Kusi since 2004, but she lost the NPP’s recent primary to George Mireku-Duker.