One of the strongest forces in the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Otchere-Darko has revealed how women in the party stood against President Akufo-Addo’s decision to choose a woman as his running mate in 2008.
The leading member of the party who was commenting on the recent backlash against the president over comments he made regarding women empowerment said two groups; the women caucus of the NPP in Parliament, women organizers of the party lobbied against the choice of Hajia Alima Mahama as running-mate in 2008.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Otchere-Darko’s piece titled “A little uncomfortable history to chew on. Me and my big mouth”, read: “When in early 2008, the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, hinted to the powers within his party that his first choice for running mate was the Minister for Women, Hajia Alima Mahama, the biggest organized opposition came from women, principally, two powerful women groups: (1) the women caucus in Parliament (2) women organizers of the party. In fact, we woke up one morning with two big buses load of Women Organisers across the country parked in front of the candidate’s house in East Legon to lobby him against the choice of the woman. Frankly, it was disheartening and scary. Extremely.
He continued: “In 2014/15, the same presidential candidate put on the party’s agenda how to aggressively ensure that women are selected for winnable seats. But, other pressing intra-party issues at the time derailed that important move. I hope the party will put it back on the table.”
President Akufo-Addo contributing to the topic “Power, Progress, Change”, at the Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, last said, despite the majority being women in Ghana, not much political action had been witnessed in their push for greater inclusion in Ghana’s political administration.
“Fifty-two percent of the population are women,” he said, adding that “these statistics should count, but that will only happen when women sit around the table where the decisions are made.
“If women don’t, for instance, put themselves up to be elected as candidates, then it is difficult to have a majority of them as ministers because at least half of my ministers, per the Constitution, must come from the legislature”.