Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo has said there is nothing wrong with the Foreword written by Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, running mate of the presidential candidate of the NDC for the book ‘Working With Rawlings’.
The book, written by Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, captures the life of Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi working with former President Jerry John Rawlings. He happens to be one of the first of the Ahwoi brothers that then Chairman Rawlings invited to join the PNDC in the early 80s.
Prof Jane Naana is entangled in what can be described as a web of controversy because she wrote the Foreword of the book, which has sparked ‘confusion’ within the rank and file of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Many are of the view that it was not politically wise for her to have accepted the role, but Prof. Gyampo disagrees with that view, saying that “there is no need to crucify the NDC vice-presidential nominee.”
Prof. Gyampo argues that “It must also be noted that, Foreword writers aren’t necessarily subscribers of the views of authors. You can simply tell this by reading the content of the foreword. I have read the foreword as an academic, and I am still wondering why and how anyone who knows what forewords are, will have qualms about the author.”
Prof. Gyampo, however, agrees that the timing of the book is problematic.
“But to my mind, politically, the timing for the release of the book is quite problematic. Indeed, publishing this book with many controversial contents, about four months to an election that promises to be keenly competitive, is either a fundamental mis-judgment and a display of weak sense of timing, or a shadow of an agenda to scuttle a chance, and start afresh with a preference,” he wrote on Facebook.