Public Relations Officer for Charter House, George Quaye has revealed that his outfit cannot and will not pay a refund to fans who voted for their artistes for the annulled categories.
Charter House and the Board for the 20th Edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards announced on Thursday morning that they have decided to annul the Artiste of the Year and Most Popular Song of the Year categories after the commotion that happened on the awards night. Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were also stripped off all awards they won on the night and asked to return them with immediate effect. They include Highlife Song of the Year and Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year for Shatta Wale while Stonebwoy will also have to return the plaque for Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year and Collaboration of the Year.
This decision after it was announced has caused a lot of stir in the country with a trend on social media with the hashtag, #ReturnOurMoney. A host of Ghanaians have registered their displeasure about the decision and the trend so far has over 1,927 tweets and are demanding for a refund of the money they used to vote for artistes in these categories.
However, George Quaye speaking to Akwasi Aboagye on Peace FM Thursday evening mentioned that there is no way they are going to go according to the demands of the masses.
There is no way the monies will go back to them. This is because they were part of the enstoolment process of the King but if the King has gone against the rules, it does not mean he should not be punished. If we don’t punish them, the scheme will collapse and they will not even get someone to vote for.
The scheme will also not get partnerships because there will be no respect for it. If this is not done, they will not even have faith in the scheme anymore to vote again the following year. Hence, the punishment is very necessary and it has to come. Meanwhile, it was not only the public that determines the winner.