Mixed reactions greet Guru’s UG SRC presidential bid

The “Lapaz Toyota” hitmaker is a University of Ghana student offering Political Science and Information Studies and is currently in Level 300

Ghanaian rapper Nana Yaw Adjei Yeboah Maradona, popularly known as Guru, has officially declared his intention to contest the 2024 University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (UGSRC) elections.

TheLapaz Toyotahitmaker is a University of Ghana student offering Political Science and Information Studies and is currently in Level 300.

Speaking on Accra-based Joy FM, Guru said he has always intended to be a student leader.

He explained that he had to work harder to meet all the electoral criteria, including the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA).

“I was staying on the low to better my GPA. Because, before you can stand for any competition, you need to be inclined with whatever is happening on campus, especially your GPA should be up. So basically, now I have a CGPA of 3.88. So with that, I can still contest. So that’s what I’m doing,Guru said.

A popularity contest

Guru’s declaration to contest for the UGSRC presidential position has shaken the political space on the university’s campus, thereby getting many influential students and politicians talking as well as other students.

Many believe the musician stands out among his opponents, while others believe it will be a difficult task because he will not be running on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) or the National Democratic Congress.

Justice Alor, the Speaker of the University of Ghana Parliament House and a contestant in the last election asserted that Guru’s popularity alone cannot help him win the elections.

“Popularity can’t, but if it’s complemented by touching base with students, he might put up a stellar fight, which can even make him win. He’s doing something but I believe more can be done. One thing I have seen, which I think he should not continue, is trying to bring celebrities to help his campaign. UG students can easily fun fool.”

Seidu Rashid, former Public Relations Officer for the SRC’s Electoral Commission, however, believes Guru can pull a stunt as his popularity is not a dormant one.

“He initially came as a joke but he’s pulling serious stunts in the elections. Usually, Legon students do not vote based on popularity but his popularity is not dormant because he could tell that his managers are working on grounds”.

Sarkodie’s campaign 

Iconic rapper Sarkodie also endorsed Guru for president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Ghana.

 While performing at the Pent Hall Week Artiste Night, Sarkodie used the opportunity to remind the student body to vote for Guru.

 He indicated that Guru’s leadership will make the school better and will improve the chances of creatives in the space.

 “If you want me to come here again, then make Guru the president of the SRC,he said, indicating that he knowsGuru and he will make a good leader.”

Victory linked to a political party

 However, according to a level 200 student,Elections on campus are won by people who are mostly politically affiliated.”

“Though I have not paid detailed attention to politics or elections on campus I have realised. Those who mostly win are either from TEIN or TESCON, and they are all under the major political parties in the country.”

“To win an election on campus, you should be politically affiliated, have loyal people, money, and a great support team. His popularity alone can not make him win. He should be a politician to win or have a great support team.”

Guru will have to choose his running mate for the UGSRC elections, whose timelines are yet to be announced by the SRC.

It has been rumoured that popular Ghanaian comic actor Lil Win would be his running mate.

However, to be an aspirant in any elections on campus, you must first be a University of Ghana student and have a minimum CGPA of 3.00.

Reporting by Collins Frimpong, University of Ghana

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