Alhaji Sidiku Buari, former president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and life patron of the Union, has asked the Electoral College of the upcoming congress of the Union not to allow financial considerations to influence their voting pattern.
The former MUSIGA boss also advised the various candidates contesting for positions to use very decent language devoid of insults and insinuations in their campaigns for votes.
“I urge all delegates to be independent-minded, assess the potentials and capabilities of all persons asking for your votes before making the ultimate choices.
“You should never allow money to become an influencing factor in your choice of leadership. Remember the choice you make today can hurt you as well as all musicians in the country for the next four years,” Alhaji Buari noted in a statement he signed and released from his New York base in the United States.
The statement continued: “The contestants should know that insults and baseless accusations do not win elections and that all the delegates are watching and listening to them. They should go to the regions, meet the members and tell them what they can do to change the image and fortunes of MUSIGA when they are voted for, instead of attacking and insulting other contestants in the media. This election should be devoid of insults and acrimony.”
Alhaji Buari noted that the Union is at a crossroads and therefore requires selfless, dedicated and highly committed executives who can direct the Union rightly in the supreme interest of the creative arts industry as a whole and not just for the interest of MUSIGA members.
He added that it is necessary for all camps and aspirants to form a united front after the elections and support whichever persons emerge winners because “it is only with a united front that MUSIGA can achieve all its aims and objectives.”
Alhaji Buari also advised executives who will be elected to run affairs to be dedicated and selfless persons who will fight for the interest and welfare of the ordinary musician to gain from the sweat and toil of his labour.