2016 Elections: Oko Vanderpuije Will Do Anything for Your Vote; From Braiding Hair Down to… [See Photos]

Accra Mayor, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, has been captured braiding a lady’s hair and also helping a household prepare Banku as part of his campaign to win the Ablekuma South parliamentary seat under the umbrella of the National Democratic Congress in the 2016 elections.

According to Pulse.com.gh, “in a country where election candidates will do anything to convince voters, they are as humble as a hungry dog; candidates must be mischievously creative to be top runners”.

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But before now, the conventional means of attracting votes from the populace have just been a matter of giving out all forms of goodies one could ever think of according to the size of one’s pocket: from cash gifts to food items and up to working equipment and cars. This year however, things are taking a whole new dimension.

Candidates have decided to seize every opportunity made available by the intense social media game. Social media also give voters the opportunity to see what their candidates are up to anywhere, anytime.

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The latest social media have captured is the very ridiculous antics of Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije. A Facebook user, Nana Kwakyewaa Chelsea posted photos of Mr. Vanderpuije, braiding hair and cooking banku in places that appears to be people’s household. Posting the photos, Chelsea wrote: “See what politics can do! My church member is now a banku driver and a hairstylist. Please vote against him”.

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Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije is aspiring to become Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South in the upcoming 2016 general elections. In the quest to secure some votes ahead of  the December polls, he has decided to add colour to his campaign activities by showing off his hair braiding and banku cooking prowess!

Photos showing the Accra Mayor braiding the hair of a comfortably seated young lady, as well as where he was busy sweating over a pot of banku has gone viral. Here are the photos:


What’s your take on Vanderpuije’s actions? Do you think it’s a genuine act of humility that is sustainable, or just a show of superficial humbleness that will be seen no where once he gets what he wants?