Ras Mubarak writes: The Case for Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

What a nightmare John Dramani Mahama has caused the NPP. The nomination of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang is without a shred of doubt the shrewdest.

She projects strength and a capacity to run the country in the absence of the President if we win the 2020 elections. The NDC is a party of equal opportunity and the confirmation of Prof. Opoku Agyemang’s nomination is another testament to that fact.

If the NPP machinery goes looking for old quotes, gaffes, and dirt on Prof. Jane Naana Opoku, they will come back empty-handed.

She’s widely respected by colleagues on both sides for her brains and as someone undoubtedly comfortable in her own skin.

To begin with, being a woman doesn’t disqualify you from becoming a running mate. As a matter of fact, our country needs to encourage more women to run at all levels of political office.

However, we should not make the mistake of asking people to support the ticket because the Vice Presidential nominee is a woman. Her unique selling point is not her sex, but her intellect, her humility in public service, and her candor.

She’s accomplished enough, young enough, old enough, and smart enough to be not just VP nominee but the VP of our great country and to step in in the absence of John Mahama.

Secondly, if we do get elected, her position as Vice President could make a world of difference for girls and boys, women, and men alike. And her nomination offers an opportunity for the resuscitation of the best of the women’s movement in our country.

Politics is ugly, nasty, and brutish. The NPP will, as they’ve always done, try to humiliate her, and put her down. They will sling mud at her but it won’t stick.

Presidential politics is ruthless. Can she stand up, fight back? Yes, she can. You don’t become the first female vice-chancellor by accident.

John Mahama and Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang can’t do it alone. Let’s get over the fact that she’s a woman and begin the job of helping the John and Jane ticket.

Ras Mubarak

MP for Kumbungu

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