Ghanaian actor and film director, Fred Nuamah, has claimed that actor-turned-politician, John Dumelo, gave him permission to run for the Ayawaso West Wougon Parliamentary seat on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Speaking on a panel discussion on United Showbiz on Saturday, March 18, 2023, Fred explained that he called Dumelo two years ago to discuss his decision to run for the seat if John Dumelo intended to withdraw, having contested unsuccessfully in 2020. According to Fred, Dumelo gave him permission to run for the seat because he was leaving for a different constituency.
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Fred Nuamah said that he did research and spoke to his future constituents some years back when his brother, John Dumelo, said he was going to the SALL Constituency. He explained that he spoke to his brother about two years ago, saying that once Dumelo wanted to leave, he did not want the seat to be vacant.
Despite brotherly advice, Dumelo allegedly told him that the Ayawaso seat was expensive, but Fred insisted that he wanted to go for it because he lived there.
Fred Nuamah said he had heard rumours about John Dumelo returning to the constituency and wanted to confirm from him, but he was unsuccessful. He claimed that he called Dumelo several times and sent him messages, but he didn’t pick up his calls until recently when he picked up one of Fred’s calls, saying that he was expecting a call to confirm.
However, John Dumelo has refuted Fred Nuamah’s claims. He recently said that it was Fred Nuamah who had pledged to back his bid to contest for the seat he lost narrowly in 2020.
Dumelo denied ever telling Fred that he was not contesting in Ayawaso West Wuogon and described Fred’s decision to release his campaign flyer hours after attending his February 3 private birthday bash as a betrayal.
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The parliamentary slot for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency is up for grabs, and both actors seem determined to win the seat. The conflicting accounts from both parties suggest that there might be a rift between the two actors, who were once close friends.