The New Patriotic Party's (NPP) attempt to find early fault about the newly selected National Demonstration Congress's (NDC) running mate, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has badly hit a snag.
This is in view of the heavy backlash the NPP, has received for hurriedly organizing a press conference during which their Communication Director, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, described the choice of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang as not being serious.
This comment which many right- thinking Ghanaians see as being in bad taste, has descended on the NPP and the Communications Director .
A celebrated satirist and stand-up comedian, Kweku Sintim-Misa, is among one of the many Ghanaians, who has called out the NPP for holding that desperate press conference aimed at throwing dirt at the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
In a tweet to express his outrage at the NPP shortly after their press conference on Monday, July 6, following the announcement, Mr Sintim-Misa, cautioned the NPP to take their time before speaking.
Without mentioning names, Kweku Sintim-Misa, who is affectionately called KSM, further cautioned against rushing to denigrate a political opponent, explaining that such eagerness exposes one as showing foolishness.
The tweet which was retweeted by 20 other people five minutes after it was posted read :"The risk about being overly eager to run down your opponent is to end up exposing your own foolishness ".
"There is no rush, take your time before you speak. Stop making a fool of yourself wai" ,the tweet concluded.
KSM, who does not normally comment on political party activities, came out of his hole to make a statement on this particular matter.
But KSM is not alone on describing the NPP for who they are. The outspoken political science lecturer at the University Of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, also hit at the NPP for holding that press conference in which they took the NDC running mate to the cleaners.
In radio and television interviews on his take on the NPP press conference about the NDC running mate, he also spoke against rushing to run down the Prof.
In his words, "rushing to rundown Prof. Naana, will only expose the NPP's immaturity and in the end, cause them a needless political suicide.
"Ghanaians do not condone attacks on womanhood", he noted adding that he believe Prof Naana Agyemang, will marshal her political resources and will show to Ghanaians what she brings to the table.
Although not the first female to be named as a running mate by a political party in Ghana, she is the first to have been chosen by the NDC for an election.
The road to selecting her was greeted with lots of interest since many watches believed it was taking the flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, too long to announce his choice.
Her announcement, instantly generated widespread discussions because of the other top-notch names that came up.
While many also are used to an unwritten convention of naming a running mate with an economic background in view of normally chairing the economic management committee, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia's performance has made nonsense of that convention.
Prof. Naana Jane is already resonating among Ghanaians who think she did not do badly in all the public positions she held in the past.
These positions are; the University of Cape Coast Vice Chancellor position and serving as the minister for Education under president Mahama.
Her stint with radio The Herald found out was with Radio Gold many years ago and is said to have been the first to interview former President Jerry John Rawlings on that network in the early 90s.
By Patrick Biddah