A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications team, Dela Edem has reiterated his position to deal ruthlessly with rapper Sarkodie if he mingles in party politics.
Dela Edem has indicated that the ‘Fa Hooki Me’ rapper should focus on his music career and not cross his boundary and venture into the Ghanaian politics.
If he does, the tough-talking politician said he would face the wrath of Ghanaians, precisely members of the NDC.
His comments comes weeks after Sarkodie reprimanded Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communication Officer for the NDC and asked him to pull down a tweet he believes is “sensitive”
Earlier this month, Sammy Gyamfi was berated by social media users for using the unfortunate death of African American George Floyd for partisan politics.
The artwork, shared by Mr Gyamfi on social media showed the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensa and President Nana Akufo-Addo choking a ‘Ghanaian’ with a Voters Register.
But Sarkodie in a tweet said while he believed that Mr Gyamfi’s intention was not to make a mockery of the death of Mr Floyd, the issue remained a sensitive and serious one which makes it wrong for NDC communicator to politicise.
Sarkodie, thus, urged Mr Gyamfi to take his post down.
“Naa my brother we all go wrong sometimes… I will believe your intention wasn’t to joke with these serious n very sensitive issues, but you still wrong just do what’s right…. retract n take it down,” Sarkodie tweeted at Sammy Gyamfi.
But, Sarkodie’s tweet has not gone down well with Dela Edem who has asked the father-of-one to mind his own business.
Speaking with Agyeman Prempeh on Power 97.9FM’s Power Entertainment on Saturday, June 13, Dela said Sarkodie is not apolitical and branded him as a member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“He eat hypocrisy, drink hypocrisy and bath hypocrisy,” Dela Edem branded Sarkodie, whose real name is Michael Owusu Addo.
According to Dela, the multiple award-winning Ghanaian rapper has no moral right to advice Mr Sammy Gyamfi on his dos and donts.
“He recorded a song about Krobo women that they are prostitutes. The Chifes in the Kroboland demanded for retraction of the song and an apology because he has dent their image.
The Chiefs expressed their displeasure that they’re not pleased with the rapper’s remarks about their women. Despite the demand, Sarkodie refused to do the needful and render an apology. He also didn’t pull down the song. So, someone who disrespected Chiefs and refused to apologize is saying what?” Dela fumed.
The outspoken politician further said the head honcho of the SarkNatives is biased towards the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) headed by President Nana Addo Darkwa Akufo-Addo.
He indicated that the Tema-based rapper is fond of slamming the umbrella family but refuse to criticize the NPP.
“If he continues to drag the NDC and its leaders through the mud, I’m going to consider him as a politician, I’m going to treat him as a politician. Anytime he speaks on matters of politics I will respond to him. Simple.”
“He’s a musician and should concentrate on that,” he advised.
If you are a musician you shouldn’t be biased and slam one party and leave the other,”
He told Agyeman Prempeh the CEO of Sarkcess Music has given the cold shoulder to challenges facing the country under the President Akufo-Addo led administration but recorded series of songs to address similar issues during the NDC regime.
“Things are tough. We’ve voted for some people who are enjoying sardine and we [the voters] eat tilapia. 500 excavators have vanished, police officers have shot and killed civilians, Ahmed Suale was murdered in board daylight. Yet Sarkodie hasn’t recorded any song to address these pressing issues. He should be fair”
“Some people protested in this country over Dumsor. We still experience the load shedding of electricity. Why are they silent? They have the right to demonstrate,” the NDC scribe bemoaned.
He also cautioned Sarkodie to refrain from making political statements if he cannot stay neutral and address concerns of the nation regardless of the party in power in his songs.
“We will treat him as an NPP or he’s doing politics. We’ll give him political response.Henceforth, we’re likely to be given Sarkodie political response to statements he’s been making. We’ll respond accordingly.”