Kojo Antwi's GHAMRO ambitions gets big boost as Rex Omar steps down, pledges support
Popular Highlife musician Rex Omar has shelved his ambition to be the first officially elected chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) and has thrown his weight behind Kojo Antwi who is also campaigning for the same position.
Another contender, Sloopy Mike Gyamfi, has also pulled out of the race making the chairmanship contest a two-man affair between Kojo Antwi and the relatively unknown Jacks Eric Kwesi.
"I went to Kojo Antwi and told him I was stepping aside for him and he was surprised and told me that 'Rex, I was about to come to you to tell you that I have stepped aside for you'. But I was the first to step aside for him... If I have any doubt that Kojo Antwi cannot be a good chairman for GHAMRO, I would not step aside.
But I am very sure and I know Kojo Antwi has what it takes to make the dreams of GHAMRO come true. So for now, I have stepped aside for him and I would be there to give him all the support and cooperation he needs when he wins the race," Rex Omar broke the news over the weekend on Peace FM's Entertainment Review show.
Rex denied suggestions that he was bowing out of the race because he may either be under pressure or because he realised he was not the lead contender.
"Far from that. I would have won. If I contest this chairmanship thing, I would win but I don't want to be challenging Kojo Antwi. We think alike when it comes to how to move GHAMRO forward and the two of us should not be seen to be contending, especially when we all have one big dream for our industry.
"This means one of us has to step aside and I am the younger one here. Kojo Antwi is my senior and I have a lot of respect for him, therefore I decided to step aside and back him.
"No one asked me to. Anyone who knows Rex Omar knows that I am a hard nut to crack and nothing can put me under pressure. I did this on my own freewill because I believe it is the best thing to do," Rex Omar added.
The GHAMRO election comes off this weekend at Accra, Kumasi and Tamale under the supervision of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
It would be the first time music right owners in Ghana would be voting to decide which persons should lead them.