NPP Betrays Celebs
Egbert Faibille Junior, a lawyer and a powerful member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has shown how little the main opposition party regard the musicians and actors who are currently busy endorsing the party’s flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo.
In a recent social media post, Egbert Faibille stated that state craft and political activities were too serious to be particularly involving musicians. He went ahead to criticize President John Dramani Mahama’s recent illustration of lyrics of Micheal Jackson’s song while addressing peace at the issues relating to global peace at the just concluded UN summit in the USA.
“…Michael Jackson at the UN courtesy JM. Chai! Bob Marley rather used Emperor Haile Selassie’s speech to the UN to write the lyrics of his song “War.” Today, our President instead quotes a musician in his speech at the UN! We are talking state craft and I think a platform like the UN is too serious to be toyed with by Mahama. Michael Jackson was good but I won’t quote him in a speech to the UN,” Mr, Faibille wrote.
His statement against celebrities were promply criticsed by observers such as Abu Issa Monnie, a journalist at GBC who felt Mr. Faibille was being hypocritical, particularly when the NPP has said the recent wave of celebrities endorsing Akufo Addo has added a lot of flavour to the campaign of the main opposition party.
“Does it mean you look down on musicians?” Issa Monnie challenged Egbert Faibille saying: “I beg to disagree, but are you saying Michael Jackson is not a serious person or musicians are not serious people. I think music is a serious subject taught at the highest level by intellectuals. I really don’t want to stretch this but I think you got wrong this time.”
Lately, the NPP flagbearer had appeared to be excited about the trend of some few celebrity endorsements his presidential ambition was attracting. In the past few weeks, he has officially received celebrities such as popular Kumawood actor, Agya Koo. He has also received musicians such as Lucky Mensah and Praye on the endorsement spree which critics say, appear to satisfy him better than the worrying defections in the party.
However, the statement from Egbert Faibille-one of the key lawyers of the NPP flagbearer shows that the party is merely accommodating these endorsements as a publicity stunt but has not regard for the celebrities trooping in to support Akufo Addo.
This development has reinforced age-old criticism of the NPP as an elitist political party that looks down on ordinary citizens.