The former head of the political science department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Richard Amoako Baah, has urged popular actor and comedian, Kwame Dzokoto, not to crack jokes in parliament, if he is eventually elected to the law house in the 2016 general elections.
Dzokoto, known for his TV show ‘Edziban,’ won the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency in the NDC primaries on Saturday with 1,450 votes to beat his contender, Thomas Okyere, who managed 398 votes.
Commenting on the development on Class FM on Monday, Dr Baah suggested that Mr Dzokoto won because of his popularity, adding that for the actor to succeed in Parliament, he must refrain from engaging in jokes in the House.
He said: “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 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.”