Campaigning for peace during election period is hypocrisy – Socrate Safo
Ghanaian filmmaker and a staunch member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Socrates Safo has described a session of the public whom during election time moves from one avenue to the other preaching peace as hypocrites.
To him, the highest form of hypocrisy any individual can ascertain him or herself into is preaching peace instead of joining any political party to spearhead its messages to the electorates during voting time.
Speaking in a studio panel discussion on Okay FM’s ‘Best Entertainment Show’ hosted by the award winning radio personality Halifax Ansah-Addo last Monday, the Director for Creative Arts at the National Commission on Culture (NCC) said such individuals seek sponsorship in such peace campaign dealings for their personal gains.
According to him, supporting a political party ahead of any major election is not a war calling therefore, such peace campaigning all over must stop in ways to bring better sanity into the system.
“In 2016 when I was recruiting entertainers for the NPP during the elections, there were many who refused me saying, they’re not ready to support any political party openly but they’re for us. Many were of the view that, they would rather go for peace campaign, with posters adding all the pictures of the various political parties meanwhile when we were done, they were all over seeking for cash at our thanksgiving service. When the food was cooked, they wanted to eat but refused to do the work first, that’s the hypocrisy am talking about.
“Is anybody within the various political parties advocating for war? Between myself and Bulldog sitting here, has anybody advocate for war, we are talking about a political party here, political parties are raised to speak against war so we don’t advocate for war. Democracy is in existence, none of these political parties advocate for war so it means no sense to walk all over the place in advocacy of peace. There’s nothing wrong joining either NDC or NPP to campaign for them” he said.
He continued, “For me, it is the highest form of hypocrisy for anybody to get up and call for peace as if those supporting political parties are calling for war. It is hypocrisy for you to say that, me I am for peace. Those who are supporting parties, are they for war? There’s a business to it, where people go and look for sponsorship and say we are for peace, we are coming to do peace songs, they make their cash through that business venture”