Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has admonished political parties to refrain from attacking John Mahama’s presidential running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.
According to him, such derogatory comments and personality attacks on the former Education Minister could be deemed as “an attack on womanhood”
In a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, July 6, 2020, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama announced Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 2020 presidential elections.
The choice of the former President has been receiving mixed reactions from political parties especially the New Patriotic Party, gender activists and analysts heretofore.
The governing New Patriotic Party, in a statement yesterday said that John Mahama’s selection of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang is an indication that the NDC does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously.
According to the NPP, the opposition NDC’s choice would have been greeted with enthusiasm had it not been that their running mate hardly meets the expectations of someone who has a track record of fighting for women and their welfare.
But Prof. Gyampo warns that such trajectory of communication will be politically suicidal for parties who will attempt to downplay the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in the lead up to the 2020 General Elections.
He adds that conversations around her should be issue-based and not an attempt to erode her personality.
“I have seen some attempts on the part of some political party people particularly their apparatchiks to rush to run the candidature or the selection of Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang down. I think what we have to do as a people is not to rush to ran people down. Criticism of her selection in my view must be based only on issues,” he said.
He added that:
“I think you commit a needless political suicide and a display of political immaturity by rushing to simply ran her down by making nasty comments that can amount to attack on womanhood.”
John Mahama confirms Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running mate for 2020 polls
Presidential candidate of the NDC, John Mahama, on Monday, July 6, named Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 2020 polls.
In a post on Facebook shortly after the announcement, Mr. Mahama described Prof. Opoku-Agyemang as “God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant, and a role model.”
“The National Executive Committee of our great party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) this afternoon, unanimously, endorsed my nomination of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as my Running Mate for the December 2020 election. Naana Jane is God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant, and a role model”, he wrote.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey │ universnewsroom.com