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Timing of alleged US$40,000 bribe video propagandistic, unappealing to floating voters- Prof. Gyamfo

Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Yaw Gyampo has described the time of the release of the a video alleging that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took a US$40,000 in 2017 as propagandistic and unappealing to floating voters.

In that secretly recorded video gone viral, man and woman were seen giving Nana Akufo-Addo a brown envelope purported to be containing US$40,000, and also mentioning that there was an additional one thousand t-shirts as their campaign support.

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In the video, the givers stated that it was their campaign support and that the t-shirt had the pictures of both Nana Addo and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

They even said they had shared some of the t-shirt already and they will be sharing some more in Kumasi on their visit to the place.

But the NDC insist that was a bribe the president took while in office as president.

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In a write up, copied to ABC News, the renown and outspoken political analyst said he had watched two videos – one with the t-shirt bit and another without mention of any t-shirt, and he wonders which one was fake and which one was real.

“I have watched the two videos over and over again. One has election campaign T-shirts in addition to the cash donation, but the other has this part edited. Which of them is fake? Which one is the original? Is the “fake” the original or the “original” the fake?” he asked.

Prof. Gyampo further asked, “Who donates campaign T-shirts after elections? What will an elected President use 2016 campaign t-shirts for, in 2017? These and other allied issues raises imponderable doubts in my mind about the video.”

He then stated that the timing for the release also makes it propagandistic & unappealing to election king-makers.

“Propagandistic tendencies can only energize party support base. They cannot shape the decision of the very open-minded discerning floating voters,” he stated. “…the video has the tendency to rather annoy the segment of voters who will decide who must be crowned on December 7.”

He said it is not core party supporters who win elections – it is the open minded discerning floaters who win elections, adding that these voter cohort easily get infuriated by propaganda and any maneuvering that scores political point. Focus on the campaign and avoid propagandistic distractions.

Prof. Gyampo therefore suggested to those peddling and circulating the video to “focus more on the campaign, which in my view, is going well, rather than making a capital out of the video.”

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