Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has urged former President John Mahama’s running mate, Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang to brace herself for the same measure of political attacks the NDC members throw at women in politics during electioneering campaigns.
Speaking in a radio interview monitored by ABC News on Monday, the Communications Minister, who is also MP for Ablekuma West, said she welcomes the first female running mate of a flagbearer of a major political party, but “she must know that all is fair in love and war and so she shouldn’t take anything personal.”
She added now that Prof. Naana has accepted the role, she should be ready for whatever is coming at her, because “what they (NDC) did to women like us in the past, others will do same to her. She should really stand well. The same things people have accused us of during competitive elections she should gear herself up to hear the same things.”
“Some of us were called prostitutes just because we have hips and we are in politics, but we took it and forged ahead. So I would encourage Prof. Naana to get ready for same and never take it personal,” she said.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said she supports giving women the opportunity to take top positions because it helps and on that score she welcomed Prof. Naana, but noted that the job she’s taken upon herself is too heavy for her, because she’s carrying baggage, and all Ghanaians will make sure they will weigh her with that baggage.
She however admonished NPP members to spare Prof. Naana of the politics of insults and rather focus on her track record and judge her by that.
The Communications Ministers said she feels sorry for Professor Naana for accepting the offer to be running mate for NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama, adding that she did not think through it well.
According to her, Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang “does not know what she’s gotten herself into” by accepting to partner former President Mahama for the December 7 elections.
“As for me, I feel sorry for her because maybe she didn’t think well enough to see what she’s getting herself into,” the Communications Minister said in a radio interview.
Meanwhile, there has been mixed reactions to the appointment of the astute Educationist as the NDC flagbearer’s running mate, especially as it comes as the first time a major political party in the country is choosing a woman to be a potential Vice President.
While some, including the governing New Patriotic Party believes the choice of Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang indicates the former President does not ‘take Ghanaians seriously’ others, mostly sympathizers of the NDC and women empowerment groups believe this appointment is a big win for women representation in top political leadership.
The Ablekuma West Member of Parliament said the choice of the female professor does not scare the NPP but she rather feels sorry for her.
“If the flagbearer is not scaring us, is it the running mate that will? I beg. John Mahama is on the ticket. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang is only being a helper. Let’s start the campaign and see what they have for the country,” she said.