A Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) Dr. Kwasi Jonah has cautioned members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) especially its communicators to stop attacking the personality of the NDC’s Running Mate (RM), Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman.
According to him Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman brings to the high office of RM and a possible Vice President to change the negative political discourse which has crowded Ghana’s political sphere for some time now. “Prof. Opoku-Agyeman is a distinguish woman of many parts unlike the ‘straight jacket’ type of persons i.e. a banker, economist etc. who have assumed that position before.” He added.
Dr. Jonah gave the caution to members of the ruling party during a zoom discussion to analyze the choice of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Running Mate Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman.
When asked by the moderator, if Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman was ready to withstand the hostile Ghanaian political terrain where there are lots of mud throwing, character assassination and all the negative tags political opponents throw at each other especially women in politics, the Senior Research Fellow at IDEG replied in the affirmative, saying “Prof. is not the type who will go out to insult anybody or reply anyone in a similar manner but there are lots of people in her party who will go all out to also attack even in overdose if the NPP dare attack her.
“Look I can tell you, those who will dare attack Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman should be prepared to receive overdose of their own venom because the pedigree of this astute woman is unparalleled in politics. I feel strongly that her entry will change the political dynamics going into the 2020 general elections” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, Democracy Engineer and a Development Consultant, Dr Nansata Yakubu, on the same programme said the NDC has demonstrated good governance by presenting to Ghanaians a capable woman as the party’s running mate for the 2020 polls.
According to Dr Yakubu the selection of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman as John Mahama’s running mate would bring dynamism and freshness to the party’s presidential ticket for the 2020 Election.
The Democracy Engineer and a Development Consultant explained that the argument as to whether the nation was ready for a female Vice-President or not was not the issue in focus.
She was of the view that the argument keeps surfacing because the nation had never given women the opportunity to demonstrate their competence, adding that they could only be judged when given the opportunity.
“Even though one might argue that in the past some smaller parties picked women as RM like in the case of 2016 Election, where Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) chose a woman, Ms Brigitte Dzogbenuku, as his running mate, and women like Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings stood for elections, but those were political parties whose structures were not well developed to be seen as strong contenders in an elections”. She opined.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH