Fred Nuamah on Ayawaso West Wuogon primaries:

Many people are puzzled as to why two best friends, John Dumelo and Fred Nuamah, would run in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primaries in Ayawaso West Wuogon.

John Dumelo has said that he is surprised that John Dumelo changed his mind and decided not to run.

Fred, who was Dumelo’s best man when the actor married in 2019, claims that Dumelo initially had no intention of participating in the Ayawaso West Wuogon contest, so he will not resign. Instead, he looked at another group.

“Frankly, it’s late to step down. My brother informed me and a lot of people that he was not going to contest the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency again. He gave me his blessings when I made up my mind to contest.

“Truthfully, I am surprised about his u-turn because it was evident and crystal clear that he was not going for the Ayawaso seat anymore and rather invested in Guan/SALL,” Graphic Showbiz quotes Fred Nuamah to have said in an interview with the newspaper.

Fred Nuamah made his intention known to the public by posting posters about his bid on his social media pages at the beginning of February. GhanaWeb said that this made some people wonder if that was an indication that Dumelo would focus on something else because they are friends.

On the other hand, Dumelo wrote in a tweet on Sunday, February 26, 2023, “After extensive consultation with my God, my family, and our party faithful in Ayawaso West Wuogon.” This is the return of Christ.

The actor, who is also a farmer, ran for the Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary seat. On August 24, 2020, he won, but on December 7, 2020, he lost to Lydia Alhassan of the NPP. His choice to challenge again after Nuamah reported his desire has placed a focus on the electorate again in front of the 2024 general decisions.

The two have been urged by some to find a solution to the problem. They have argued that one of them should quit and support the other. On the other hand, some people have proposed that no one should quit once there is healthy competition.

In the course of the interview, Nuamah insisted that Dumelo ought to“honour his word when he said he won’t contest the seat and, therefore, throw his support behind me. Besides, the argument that my brother made history for the NDC doesn’t hold for me. Our party has been performing quite well in that constituency in previous elections before he contested the last elections.”

He continued: “We have even won the presidential votes in Ayawaso before. We always come close to winning the parliamentary; we only lose it by some small margins. So, all the previous candidates, including John Dumelo, did well, but the ultimate is to win and not close a gap or place second.”

The NDC has decided to hold its presidential and parliamentary primaries on May 13, 2023. The party says that candidates for parliament will have to buy a form for GH5,000 and pay a GH40,000 non-refundable filing fee.

Official competitors will be expected to buy a structure for GH¢30,000 and pay a non-refundable documenting expense of GH¢500,000.