Questions are being raised as to why the Running Mate of the National Democratic Congress Prof. Juan Naana Opoku has not subjected herself to any interview with any major media house in Ghana.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang was officially outdoored on July 27 as John Dramani Mahama’s running mate for the 2020 General Elections and has reportedly refused all interview requests from media houses in the country and beyond.
For a party whose flagbearer’s major trump card is his communications skills and for being a friend of the media, many have began to the readiness of his running mate for the formal and informal responsibilities of a running mate, a situation that has serious effect on the party’s political marketing competence-indicators.
Reports suggest that key media houses such as Joy FM, Citi FM, Starr FM, Peace FM and other major media houses have all approached the NDC for interview opportunities yet all their requests have been turned down.
Rather, the NDC running mate has chosen to appear on the KSM show, which is an entertainment show and in recent times on Power FM, a radio station strong leanings towards the NDC.
As former Education Minister under the Presidency of John Mahama, Prof Opoku Agyemang may have to answer for some of her failings at the Ministry.
Key amongst these is that under her tenure as Education Minister, the Teacher Trainee allowances were scrapped and that it took the current NPP administration to restore it after the 2016 elections.
“Indeed, it was one of the things she was proud to have done”, Director of Communications for the NPP, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah indicated shortly after the NDC announced its running mate.
Mr. Buabeng Asamoah stated that apart from the fact that transportation allowances for teachers were not being paid, the NDC running mate also introduced the practice of teachers working for two years without being paid and being restricted to being paid only three months’ back pay, no matter how long they had worked.
Similarly,Prof Opoku-Agyemang as Minister reportedly left the education sector burdened with the following debts per the Mahama administration’s own handing over notes.
Indeed it is in the interest of the NDC’s campaign machinery that the running mate is seen as personally answering to such accusations or risks the consequences.
Aside availing himself for media interviews where ever he has been on a campaign tour, Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia recently granted an extensive interview on Peace FM where he addressed various issues.
It will be interesting to see if the NDC will allow media access to their running mate in the coming days as we get closer to December 7.