|Celebrities, who campaigned for John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress government, in the run-up to the December 7, 2012 elections, have begun beating a retreat, citing the worsening conditions of living in the country as the reason.
One of such celebrities is the first runner-up of Miss Malaika 2011, Alexandra Ayirebi-Acquah. The young beauty queen first made political news when she mounted an NDC platform in Ho during the official launch of the NDC’s 2012 manifesto.
At the manifesto launch, Miss Ayirebi-Acquah trumpeted the achievements of the NDC’s ‘Better Ghana’ agenda which, she said, had transformed her life and further went to the extent of asking the electorate to vote massively for John Mahama and the NDC.
It, however, appears recent conditions in the country, which have been described as worse in every part of the country, after the elections, have made the beauty queen regret her actions during the election campaign.
She expressed her frustration with the current load shedding and petroleum price hikes, bemoaning what she calls the absence of ‘fear‘on the part of the NDC government for the people.
Obviously disillusioned by the manner in which things have turned round to be, Alexandra Ayirebi Acquah poured out her frustration on her Facebook wall, saying: “I know I campaigned for this government but I think it is heartless that our electricity is not reliable and now is the time they think it is to remove subsidies. In Ghana here most of our businesses depend on electricity or fuel.”
She added: “The government must fear the people and not the people fearing the government. They owe us so much than subsidies that are being taken off to develop other sectors. Which sectors? I see no development.”
The New Statesman has also been informed that most of the celebrities who championed the “e dey bee kƐkƐ” slogan have all regretted as they see the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian getting worse and worse by the day.
“In the coming days, we will all see most of the celebrities who campaigned for Mahama coming out to denounce their ‘so called allegiance’ for Mahama. Things are just getting worse by the day and they have had enough,” a manager of one of the celebrities told the New Statesman.