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Fruit juice stunt turns sour

ACCRA — An at­tempt by Ghana’s rul­ing party to make fun of the main op­po­si­tion can­di­date in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by post­ing a pho­to­graph of him sip­ping from a small car­ton of Ka­lyppo fruit juice has back­fired, with his sup­port­ers adopt­ing the brand to rally sup­port.

The new craze for Ka­lyppo juice, a lo­cally-pro­duced drink mar­keted mainly for chil­dren, is giv­ing Nana Akufo-addo of the New Pa­tri­otic Party the sort of free pub­lic­ity politi­cians crave.

As Akufo-addo’s con­voy weaved through a densely-packed neigh­bor­hood of the cap­i­tal last week, his sup­port­ers waved the boxes aloft and sipped the juice through straws.

One woman pinned Ka­lyppo to a selfie-stick. On Face­book and Twit­ter sup­port­ers pic­tured them­selves drink­ing Ka­lyppo and even pre­tend­ing to shower and fuel their cars with it.

The trend be­gan when sup­port­ers of the rul­ing New Demo­cratic Congress posted a pho­to­graph of Aku­foAddo drink­ing Ka­lyppo as a re­fresh­ment be­tween cam­paign was in­tended to gen­tly mock Aku­foAddo, per­haps by mak­ing him look undig­ni­fied, but NPP of­fi­cials said they then adopted the drink as a sign of sol­i­dar­ity, in part to boost Akufo-addo’s cre­den­tials as a man of the peo­ple.

One cam­paign aide said the party wel­comed the boost ahead of the Dec. 7 vote, when Akufo-addo faces Pres­i­dent John Ma­hama, who is run­ning for a sec­ond and fi­nal four-year term. The op­po­si­tion leader has lost two previous pres­i­den­tial races. – Reuters

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