Managing Editor for New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has jumped to the defence of Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the NPP’s Communications Director and Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
The two NPP officials have come under some criticisms from the NDC and other feminist organizations who believe certain comments they made after the nomination of Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang were sexist.
The NDC organized a press conference during the week and said the NPP officials should retract their comments and also apologize to Prof. Opoku-Agyemang.
However Kweku Baako says he sees no issue with the comments made and that they never attacked the gender of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang but rather they critised her capabilities.
“I listen to Buaben Asamoa and never heard him attack the gender of Prof Naana, I heard him critic her works and her strength. This is a very tricky matter and if you are not careful you will be misunderstood. Kyei Mensah unless there is something we have not heard. Kyei Mensah mentioned the names of Hannah Tetteh and a few others, he is looking at capabilities rather than gender. The NDC’s own statement projected her as a woman and that is what Ghanaians should go for.”
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu after Prof. Agyemang’s nomination said she was not capable of being a Vice President.
Speaking to the media, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu wondered whether the former Education Minister can hold the mantle as president should the position become vacant through death after winning the election with Mahama.
“When I first heard, I thought he was going to settle on Dr Duffuor or Nii Moi because they are economists and finance experts of considerable standing so either of them could have done it. If he wanted a woman, I thought that we have some women of some demonstrable competence who have risen through this house to establish themselves. One such person could be Hanna Tetteh who has been a member of this House, Foreign affairs minister and som other areas so she has learnt the rules.
“Another person is the former Attorney General, solid person. If he wanted women, even the previous Attorney General; even though she has some skeletons because of the Woyome issue but you ask yourself what value is this woman going to add to that ticket. Calm woman; a woman of poise and balance. She speaks good English but is it good enough to satisfy the ticket? Let’s not forget; perish the thought, I’m not wishing that, but let’s assume that John becomes the President and the next day he is no longer, is this woman capable of being described as the President of the republic? and that has nothing to do with her person. I’m talking about the quality in governance that could affect and effect this country, is she that person? I don’t think so at all”.
Yaw Buaben Asamoa after the announcement of Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate to John Dramani Mahama, in a press conference suggested that the former president “does not take Ghanaians seriously” for his choice of running mate.