Attention Prez Mahama: Make a Woman Vice-President and Running Mate
7/27/2012 4:22:01 PM -
While it is true that every political party is made up of diverse individuals and stakeholders, who often come together to take decisions which to a compromising extent should satisfy everyone, individual prerogative must sometimes be permitted to reign supreme. This is why President John Mahama should be allowed to choose someone he will be comfortable to work withsomeone who's competent and can act as Vice-President and even as President when it becomes necessary as is the case now.
And I, personally, will like President Mahama to choose a likeable and competent woman as his Vice President for the remaining five months and then retain her as running mate for the December 2012 elections. Detailed below are a few reasons why a woman will make a good Vice-President and running mate for John Dramani Mahama.
Making Ghana Marketable
Ghana is, without doubt, globally recognized as a beacon of democracy and good governance in Africa; and the recentuntimely and sadpassing away of our sitting President Mills and the swift and subsequent swearing in of his Vice as President has further highlighted our constitutional stability and democratic credentials. It goes to show our nation as a peaceful place, where both domestic and foreign investors can invest their money and resources without fear of war and illegitimate Government changes and asset freezes.
Making a woman Vice President and running mate in the December Elections will further enhance our nation's reputation as a place where democracy is valued, with every citizenirrespective of their gender and tribepermitted the opportunity to attain whatever heights there be, where they can put their competence, expertise and skills to excellent use for the good of Mother Ghana.
Doing away with Male Chauvinism
Let's face itwe live in a society in which girls, ladies and women are assumed to be slightly inferior to boys and men. Girls and women are oftentimes wrongly assumed to be incapable of doing what their male counterparts can do, which is pure hogwash.
Individual capability shouldn't be gender-judged. And it's high time we start correcting this societal wrong. Will the first gentleman of Ghana, thus, lead by example and appoint a marketable and competent woman as Vice-President and running mate, please?
Stopping Akuffo Addo Once and For all
I did not vote in Election 2008. I lacked the motivation and had the lame excuse of living far away from the nearest voting centre, my voting centre. All the same, I would have plunged for then Candidate Mills. I was no fan of either parties and was solely thinking about voting the person who would pitch the best way forward for Ghana. And Mills captivated me with his Better Ghana Agenda and 'investing in people' message.
Fast forward to 2012, I would still have voted for Mills. Even though he had headed a collective government which had, so far, failed Ghanaians on a gargantuan scale and in many ways, I will still have voted for him. He was an above average and individual player in a collective government, and this government was made up of both good and bad players. Also, he did his best.I was, thus, thinking that he deserved a second chance, no matter what. Sadly, he's no more.
However, I don't see myself voting for Nana Akuffo Addo in December. For a number of reasons, I personally do not think the NPP's presidential candidate is qualified to rule this great nation of ours.
He lacks a number of leadership qualities; calmness of speech, civilized dignity, and isn't the sort of guy I could vote for in an election. If it was another candidate leading the NPP, I would have been tempted to vote Elephant in December.
President John Mahama choosing a competent woman who, if possible, hails from the late President Mills's home region will not only shore up NDC chances in the December elections but will definitely stop Akuffo Addo from ever becoming President of Ghana. He isn't qualified for it.