Market Women, Other Women Groups endorse Mahama’s running mate

Market Women and some women groups in Walewale in the North East Region have welcomed the decision and praised former president Mahama for the choice of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the December 7th elections.

The North East Regional Women’s Organizer, Sumaya Ligbi who led some women groups in Walewale, poured out their support to Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang and also showed appreciation to the former president John Dramani Mahama for giving women the opportunity to serve in such a prestigious position in the NDC, the first of it’s kind.

“I am very proud of my country Ghana, this is long overdue and I believe this is a historic moment and I am very excited about the announcement. If the NDC emerges victorious in the December polls, which it will by the grace of Allah she will be the first female Vice President of Ghana. We thank the Flag-bearer, John Dramani Mahama, the Council of Elders, FEC and NEC for making this all important and decisive choice,” she stated.

The former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast was unanimously endorsed by the National Executive Committee of the party on Monday after her name was presented by the Flagbearer of the party Mr. John Mahama.

After she was officially announced as the running mate of John Mahama, the ruling New Patriotic Party (Npp) held a press conference claiming that she was a “bad choice” for the NDC because of the “bad decisions” she made during her time as Minister for Education.

They cited, among other things, the cancellation of the teacher trainee allowance, freeze on education sector employment as some of the decisions that ultimately make her unfit for the new role.

However, Ghanaians who are happy about the selection of Prof Opoku-Agyeman are using the hashtag #ImWithHer to amplify her achievements which they claim outweighs the negatives that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are propagating.

Gender advocates are also excited about Prof Opoku-Agyeman’s selection as they believe it will go a long way to empower more women in the country.

Sumaya Ligbi the North East Regional women’s organizer described the nomination of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate to the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) flag bearer, Mr John Mahama, as a sign of the party’s commitment to feminine participation in politics.

In Sumaya Ligbi view, Prof Opoku-Agyemang’s nomination is not only an achievement to the just-named running mate but also an achievement to all women in the world, which proves that women are “making great strides” in their locus.

According to her, the flag bearer of the NDC has made an enviable choice, particularly, when the entire world is rallying for gender equality and or balance.

“Over the years, all political parties in the country have lamented the low interest of female participation in politics. Albeit this gap has well been noticed, little is done by these political leaders (predominantly men) to find a solution to this bottleneck.

“It is quite encouraging that the NDC has gone beyond the odd to nominate and confirm a woman to partner its presidential candidate,” she added.

The North East Regional women’s organizer believes that women must be recognised as partners in development, giving cognisance of the roles they play and not only suitable as kitchen or bedroom “tools”.

She added that more women should be given such challenging opportunities to see and measure how far “we can travel as a country, after 63 years of independence.”

Madam Sumaya called on all women to “rally behind Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang and be part of this indelible history” saying “First female vice president is our objective, eye on the goal.”

Source: | Issifu Mahama Mashood

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