A call for a probe, by the National Women’s Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Otiko Djaba, into sex-for-job allegations made against Mrs. Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, shows that Ms. Djaba does not respect women in Ghana, Convener of a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Powerful Youth of NDC, Set Otchere, has said.
The NPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central constituency, Kennedy Agyapong on June 25, 2016, addressing party supporters in Kumasi, suggested Mrs. Osei, who replaced Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan as EC boss in June 2015, did not get the position on merit, but had to sleep her way to her appointment.
Mr. Agyapong has been criticised by several people and groups in the country for the comments. However, in a twist, the NPP’s national women’s organiser, Otiko Afisa Djaba, recently said the allegation needs to be investigated to bring out the truth.
Reacting to Ms. Djaba’s call on Ghana Yensom, Accra100.5FM’s breakfast show hosted by Chief Jerry Forson on Tuesday July 19, Mr. Otchere said: “Otiko has embarrassed all women in Ghana. We [Group] will not sit unconcerned as the rights of women are being trampled upon in Ghana.”
“The NPP does not respect women in Ghana. Even the women in the NPP do not respect women in Ghana,” Mr. Otchere said.
Meanwhile, Anita De Sosoo, vice chairperson of the governing NDC, has said the NPP had been known for disrespecting women, despite the important role the fairer sex plays. According to her, Mr. Agyapong’s comment was not only in his personal capacity, but represented the stance of the NPP.
She told host Forson that: “It is the party’s position and since it is their position that is no problem. They can disgrace us because we are women, but since we have God, we will say nothing. … It is the NPP’s sub-culture to sully the image of women, so, we have resorted to using it [in our campaigns].”
According to her, she had concentrated her campaign in rural Ghana, where she relays the MP’s remarks to women there.
“For me, I tour the country; I do not remain in the city. I am informing the women in all the rural communities [I visit]. So, let the spirit enter them [members of the NPP] so they keep insulting women and the women will keep making up their minds to vote for us [the NDC].”