The Omanhen of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, has advised the running mate of the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang not to let insults and acrimonious language be part of her politics in the run up to the December general elections.
He said the nature of Ghanaian politics was muddy and acrimonious and would require strength of character to conduct clean campaigns devoid of insults.
“Don’t respond to everything you hear, listen to all but you must not let insults and acrimonious language be part of your politics,” he advised.
Osabarimba Atta gave the advice when Prof. Opoku-Agyemang and her entourage of NDC leaders including the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the 2020 Deputy Campaign Manager of the NDC, Mr Alex Sebgefia, and the Central Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr E K T Addo, paid a courtesy call on him last Wednesday.
The visit of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang to the Emintsimadzi Palace in Cape Coast was part of her tour to introduce herself to the chiefs and people of the Central Region, her home region after she was officially introduced as the running mate of the flag bearer.
Osabarimba Atta said he was not surprised by the nomination of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate of the NDC presidential aspirant.
He said the humility and distinguished nature and personality of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang and her ability to relate well with the high and not so high in society were traits which were enviable.
Those traits, he said, made her stand out as a good person.
He, however, said “the responsibility is huge and the nature of people, particularly in politics, is different.”
He said her nomination had come as an honour to the traditional council.
Osabarimba Atta urged her to be patient and work hard to achieve the goal before her and not to respond to people who might seek to taint her reputation with insults.
On a lighter note, Osabarimba Atta said he danced in his room when she was nominated as the running mate of the opposition NDC flag bearer.
“I don’t know how to dance ‘bugaloo’ but that day I danced ‘bugaloo’ in my room,” he said as the room burst into laughter.
Bugaloo is a fast dance of Afro-American origin performed by couples and characterised by dancing apart and moving the body in short, quick movements to the beat of the music.
For her part, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the visit was to introduce herself to the chiefs and people of the metropolis and solicit their support for the 2020 general election.
She thanked Osabarimba for his support over the years and said she was hopeful the support would continue.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang later visited some registration centres to assess the process.