Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has cautioned the governing New Patriotic Party not to mudsling the running mate of John Mahama.
Professor Gyampo believes the New Patriotic Party’s chances of retaining power will be adversely affected if they assassinate the character of Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang.
John Mahama announced the former Education Minister during his tenure as running mate to help hi reclaim the Presidency after failing in his first attempt in 2016, losing by about 1 million votes as incumbent.
The announcement has been embraced firmly by many women groups and females with some NDC officials indicating the party will leverage her being a woman to their advantage.
The declaration was met with instant response from the NPP, led by their Communications Director, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, enumerating the former Minister’s alleged woeful performance during her tenure.
But commenting on the issue of how the NPP should address picking of a female as running mate to the one-time President, Professor Gyampo detailed, “This morning I heard Mr Yaw Buabeng Asamoah try to clarify that he has never attacked the person of Naana Opoku Agyemang and I thought it was a good thing that he was clarifying”
“I will want to counsel that NPP, particularly foot soldiers, must not fall for the trap of committing political suicide by saying nasty things that may be interpreted as an attack on women. If they do, it may harm their electoral fortunes when a critical mass of women decide to counteract by forming a constituency in support of their own
“Any serious critique of the selection of Naana Opoku Agyemang must be done only on issues on her experience, her track record and what she has done for herself and what she stands for. if you descend into gutters, what I will say is that it is true that in Ghana we may be struggling to get women at the top of decision making structures regardless of this we Ghanaians do not condone open attack on womanhood,” he stated in an interview.
Professor Gyampo noted that because of the choice, he is optimistic that the campaign will be issue based with focus on what one has to offer.
This will be the third time President Nana Akufo-Addo will go head-to-head with John Mahama of the opposition NDC with both flagbearers wining once.
The 2020 elections, however, will have a major twist as it will be the first time a female running mate will partner one of the perceived two leading flagbearers.