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NDC’s choice of running-mate shows they have no plans for the future – Afenyo Markin

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Parliament witnessed a heated exchange as Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, took aim at the capabilities of John Mahama’s running mate, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, during the concluding debate on the State of the Nation Address.

Accusing her of past failures in key positions, Afenyo-Markin argued that Mahama’s choice reflected the “same old NDC.”

He raised concerns about the absence of a succession plan, criticizing Opoku-Agyemang’s performance in the Education Ministry.

“It is the same old NDC. It is the same old John Mahama. Mr Speaker, perish the thought, should he even get the opportunity he has only four years constitutionally. There would be no sense of urgency in him because he has nothing to lose. Even if you look at his choice of running mate, he could not get somebody that one could say that they are planning for the future.

“The person is over 70 years, we have no succession plan. From day one, their government will be in crisis. They went to pick the very old person who could not perform at the Education Ministry.

“As I submitted earlier, if you even look at how they paraded their leadership, clearly they have not put in place a visionary leadership for the country’s long-term future.

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“The flagbearer, constitutionally has just one term. Should that happen, the flagbearer has chosen a running mate, Mr. Speaker. Under normal circumstances, they should have given us a running mate who can offer a future to Ghana.

“Like we have given a flagbearer who represents the future of Ghana. You have brought a running mate who retired from UCC as VC and came to the Ministry of Education to perform abysmally. The E-blocks she could not complete them. She did only 29. Today, you say the running mate should be the future of this country,” Afenyo-Markin stated.

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The comments sparked outrage among the NDC members, demanding an apology and withdrawal of the statement.

The Minority caucus expressed their displeasure by banging tables, leading to a suspension of the session by the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Asiamah Amoako.

Amidst rising tensions, Banda MP Ibrahim Ahmed insisted on an apology, drawing parallels with President Akufo-Addo’s age. The suspension was eventually lifted after the Majority Leader withdrew his remarks.

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NDC’s reaction remained strong, with Ketu South MP Dzifa Gomashie describing Afenyo-Markin’s comments as “despicable.”

She called for an official apology from the NPP leadership, emphasizing the accomplished history of the NDC running mate.

As the session resumed, the controversy took a step back, allowing the proceedings on the State of the Nation Address debate to continue.

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