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24.10.2008 PNC News

The Woman Behind PNC's Mahama

By Raymond Kyekye - newtimesonline.com

MS PETRIA Maria Amegashie, the Vice Presidential candidate of the People's National Convention (PNC) has described her entry into politics as an irresistible call to help the PNC chart a new course in Ghana politics.

She said Ghanaians would soon experience a new breed of politicians and that Dr Edward Mahama, PNC flag-bearer “is the real person Ghanaians are looking forward to lead the country”.

Ms Amegashie said this when she paid a courtesy call on the editors of the New Times Corporation to thank them for the good work the Corporation's newspapers, Ghanaian Times and The Spectator had been doing over the years.

She described Dr Mahama as a politician who has a clean political record.  “He has so far sold out a clean message, good policies and the one who can bring about real change, hope and unite all Ghanaians,” she said. 

The PNC running mate explained that as part of their manifesto, the PNC had made provisions for 50 cabinet seats for women and an agenda for national health for Ghanaians.

The running mate said the party had always “taken the course of the downtrodden and had listening ears for their concerns”.

Ms Amegashie said after 50 years of independence, the country was now of age to allow women to play positive roles in the political dispensation of the country.

She said Ghana was well positioned to play a leading role in the democratic governance on the continent, explaining that the PNC would be fair and respect all manner of people. “The people understand the language of love and peace better,” she stated.

She bemoaned the fact that although many hold the notion that Ghanaians are Christians, it is not reflecting in their lives.  She made reference to the issue of corruption which stands tall in the lives of many Ghanaians.

When asked how she got into politics, she disclosed that while on pilgrimage in Rome, one Bishop Christopher prayed for her and prophesied that the destiny of the nation had been entrusted into her hands. She said following an elaborate deliberation and consultations as regards the real interpretation of the message, she reached the decision to enter politics.

“I became convinced that there was the need for me to 'roll up my sleeves' and start working as a politician.  I am introducing salt into Ghanaian politics.  I equally find it difficult to disregard the cries of Ghanaians.”

The acting Editor of the Ghanaian Times, Mr Enimil Ashon, took the opportunity to appeal to politicians to tone down their language on political platforms.

“I encourage you to do what most women have shied away from.  I am begging the like of you who were not in politics in the past to keep your language clean throughout your campaign activities.”

When asked how she would blend evangelism and politics, she said the two are both people centred hence it would not be difficult for her and the party to achieve that.

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