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NDC MPs Demand Apology From Afenyo-Markin Over ‘Old Age’ Comments Made About Jane Opoku Agyemang 

Members of Parliament of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are vexed over controversial comments made by the Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin about their party’s running-mate, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

During a debate on President Akufo-Addo’s recent State of the Nation’s Address, Mr. Afenyo-Markin implied that the selection of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, a woman in her 70s, as the running mate of the NDC, reflected a deficiency in succession planning and forward-thinking leadership within the NDC.

“The flagbearer has gone for a running mate, Mr Speaker, under normal circumstances, they (NDC) should have given us a running mate who will give a future to Ghana like we have given a flagbearer who represents the future of Ghana,” he said on the floor of Parliament.

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Those comments now seem to have sparked debates among the two sides in Parliament.

Speaking to the press at the Parliament House yesterday, MP for Ketu South, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, said the NPP leader’s comments are deemed an attack on her party’s running-mate, and asked that he make an official apology.

“To attack this woman the way he did is unacceptable. We cannot celebrate Women’s Day on the 8th of March, and for him to reduce this woman as if he was talking about his co-equal or his classmate. I am horrified, we deserve an apology from the leader for the way in which he has brought this woman’s name into disrepute,” she said.

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