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Gender stereotype against Mahama’s running mate won’t be tolerated – Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto, Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency Ablakwa has stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not tolerate any attempt to undermine the choice of Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang as John Dramani Mahama’s running mate due to gender.

Ablakwa argues that the running mate of the NDC’s flagbearer should be judged based on her ability to deliver and nothing else. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was named as the running mate to John Mahama yesterday, July 6, 2020.

The former Deputy Minister of Education under the Mahama regime, speaking on the Point Blank segment said: “Some of us will boldly confront these stereotypes and discrimination that have prevented women. Women are the majority of our population. They are 51 percent of our population and so they must be heard. If this is a true democracy in the sense of the word, it ought to be inclusive and participatory by giving women their fair share.”The New Patriotic Party (NPP) had ridiculed the NDC flagbearer over his choice of running mate ahead of the December 2020 polls.

According to the ruling party, John Mahama’s decision to settle on former Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang is enough proof that he does not take the ordinary Ghanaian seriously.

At a press conference in Accra, Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa said per the party’s observation, “we only conclude that the choice of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman by Mr John Dramani Mahama is a clear indication that he does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously”.

The party also has cast doubt over the credibility of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the choice of running mate.

At the same press conference, they questioned the integrity and commitment of madam Opoku-Agyemang during her tenure as Education Minister under the erstwhile Mahama-led administration.

Mr. Buaben Asamoa cited, among other things, cancellation of the teacher trainee allowance, freeze on education sector employment and their signing of the petition to have the Montie trio released as some of the decisions that ultimately make her unfit for the new role.

“Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang’s ardent anti-feminist posturing was too obvious to ignore when she appended her signature to the petition to have the trio who had then been incarcerated at Nsawam to be freed against sound advice from well-meaning Ghanaians.”

“We wonder what message candidate Mahama is sending to Ghanaians by picking Opoku-Agyemnag as Vice Presidential candidate when her stewardship in the past brought hardship to teachers and trauma to her colleague women. While we wish the NDC well in this regard, we also wish to tell the NDC that we are ready to tell Ghanaians about the dangers she poses to our growth and development as a country”, he said.