The Central Regional women’s wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has in a statement condemned the Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, for comments he made against the Vice Presidential Candidate of the NDC, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.
The Adentan Member of Parliament (MP) in a press conference soon after the announcement of Naana Agyemang as running mate for John Mahama suggested that the former president “does not take Ghanaians seriously.”
In reaction, a statement signed by the Women’s Organizer, Faustina N.L Lamptey suggested the comments by Mr. Buaben Asamoa is a reflection of the NPP leader President Akufo Addo.
“We the women’s wing of the central NDC is not surprised by the posturing of Buabeng Asamoah and the NPP. We are convinced that his posturing is influenced by their candidate for elections 2020 who happens to be President Akufo-Addo,” the statement read.
The statement further recalled when President Akufo-Addo attended the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, Canada and was later criticized his views about women on the panel.
According to the NPP women, that incident, coupled with the recent comments of Buaben Asamoa gives credence to their belief that the NPP does not have faith in women.
“By this statement the NPP candidate for elections 2020 implies that there is not enough dynamism and activism from women to be put in positions of leadership. The President’s commentary which was condemned by women and men from across the globe is a true reflection of what his party –the New Patriotic Party believes in.”
“We are by this statement further calling on the NPP and their candidate Akufo-Addo to immediately dismiss him for such reckless commentary by someone who ought to know better. Failure to discipline him in our opinion could only mean one thing; that the NPP and candidate Akufo-Addo do not believe in women empowerment and thus strongly endorses his reckless commentary,” it said.
The statement further assured the public of an effective Mahama-Naana Agyemang partnership which will fight corruption.
“Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang is a woman of substance with an impeccable record” and that together John Mahama, “they will deliver Ghana from this corrupt and inept government.”