Action Movement, a group made up of members and supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is pushing for Dr Zanetor Rawlings to be made the running mate of John Mahama for the presidential elections in December.

In a press statement issued on Monday, the leader of the group, James Agbey, said a Mahama-Zanetor Rawlings ticket will secure victory for the opposition party in the upcoming crucial election.

“While we are vehemently opposed to the idea of the NDC attempting to gamble away its 2020 fortunes with unexciting running mate, the practicality of Mahama/Zanetor ticket is very evident to all,” the group said in the release.

Zanetor Rawlings
Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings is NDC MP for  Klottey-Korley Constituency and the eldest daughter of the first President under the 4th Republic, Jerry John Rawlings.

According to the group, because the opposition party will have to run a “defensive campaign” in the upcoming election, it would need an effective strategy to counter allegations of incompetence from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“Which is why Mahama needs a running mate with exceptional capabilities and policy brain. We are not talking about any high-profile flip-flopper or any of the pretenders out there briskly engaging in self-promotional gimmicks.

“The would-be veep must necessarily be a policy communicator – Someone who can lead and elevates the conversation and also engage in the contest of ideas in the open marketplace,” the group said.

“Dr Zanetor Rawlings is righteous to boot and can make the case that needs to be made. She has a well-honed international outlook on life, unlike some of our present political class who cannot see beyond their villages and tribes.

“Dr Zanetor Rawlings can relate to anybody from anywhere, be they child or adult, male or female, black or white, educated or uneducated, northerner or southerner, westerner or easterner, mediocre or talented. She can inspire a new generation to new heights of social responsibility with her exemplary biography,” the group touted in a three-point justification for a Mahama-Zanetor ticket. 

Read the group’s full justification for a Mahama-Zanetor ticket below.

NDC Needs Mahama/Zanetor Ticket for 2020 – Action Movement  Monday

The NDC Action Movement has become aware of the intense horse-trading, lobbying and self promotional gimmicks by some party stalwarts all in an attempt to get the flagbearer’s attention and sway his choice of a running mate, even as party prepares for election 2020.

While we are vehemently opposed to the idea of the NDC attempting to gamble away its 2020 fortunes with unexciting running mate, the practicality of Mahama/Zanetor ticket is very evident to all. 

The savviest of pundits will tell you that the NDC is going to run a defensive campaign come 2020. And as we’ve seen in recent times, Mahama and the party would have to swing into the defensive mood anytime Dr. Bawumia shouts incompetence and makes referral to the issues that led to the rejection of Mahama at the polls in 2016.

Which is why Mahama needs a running mate with exceptional capabilities and policy brain. We are not talking about any high-profile flip-flopper or any of the pretenders out there briskly engaging in self promotional gimmicks. 

The would-be veep must necessarily be a policy communicator – Someone who can lead and elevates the conversation and also engage in the contest of ideas in the open marketplace.

The person must be someone with the ability to transcend generational, and partisan divisions, someone with thoughtful approach to weighty issues and message of bipartisanship – Someone capable of outclassing Dr. Bawumia on the political stage – Someone with a reputation, experience, earthy charm, improvisation and style – Someone who brings political savvy and fighting qualities to the ticket-it must be a pick widely lauded. 

The Action Movement is of the view that, gifting the running mate to Dr. Zanetor Rawlings will put the NDC in pole position for power come 2020. 
The NDC must modernize.

This means that a whole generation of NDC politicians must give way to a newer, more objective, and better-informed generation. Forget about the usual African deference to gerontology; it’s the reason why we had slavery and still have child labour in our culture. We are not saying the older generation of politicians must be locked up in a closet and the keys thrown into a KVIP. No.

They are all welcome to participate in one way or the other in the continual edification of the nation. However, we all just have to realize that the time for meritocracy has come and is here to stay. The old and tired political nepotism practiced by Ghana’s elite, both traditional and business, must give way to a more objective, merit-based system. That’s how nations unearth the best leaders, like Barack Obama of the U.S., David Cameron of the U.K., Manmohan Singh of India, and Naoto Kan of Japan. We will be circum-ambulating in the desert of penury, poverty, and backwardness forever if we fail to admit this fact and act accordingly.

And who can undertake this Herculean task of bringing the NDC into the 21st Century? We strongly believe that Dr Zanetor Rawlings is a powerful metaphor of the new generation of Ghanaians who are ready and willing to oversee this transitioning of governance systems. She must be seriously considered for leadership of the NDC at the highest level at the next elections, or at any other opportunity for that matter. There are scores of reasons why we give her our vote of confidence.

Here are a few of them:

1. Dr Zanetor Rawlings is an intelligent and tenacious person. She is self-made, and the epitome of the tried, tested and workaholic. 

2. Dr Zanetor Rawlings is righteous to boot and can make the case that needs to be made. She has a well-honed international outlook on life, unlike some of our present political class who cannot see beyond their villages and tribes. Dr Zanetor Rawlings can relate to anybody from anywhere, be they child or adult, male or female, black or white, educated or uneducated, northerner or southerner, westerner or easterner, mediocre or talented. She can inspire a new generation to new heights of social responsibility with her exemplary biography. 

3. Where else can Ghanaians find a comparable role model for their children, the future rulers of Ghana? No one can deny the fact that the decades of bad role models in political leadership have had a markedly negative impact on the psyche, discourse and behaviour of Ghana’s youth. So much so that most young people have lost respect for themselves, their elders, and authority in general.

Tro-tro and taxi drivers are screaming profanities at each other, popular music is openly touting promiscuity, and public discourse is rotten and full of abrasiveness. If the leaders can open their mouths and utter whatever untreated sewage, what do you expect the children to do? Speak and act like the Pope? When the fish begins to rot, it starts from the head. 

Dr Zanetor Rawlings is obviously the darling girl of many political flowers both from within and outside the NDC, and the ruling party would feel threatened at Mahama/Zanetor ticket. She can sanitize public discourse with her civilized and polished oratory. We could go on and on, so we will conclude.  If Ghana is to modernize culturally, economically, politically, and behaviourally, the most enlightened of her children must lead the way. Dr Zanetor Rawlings can and will lead the way if given the opportunity. 
Dr. Zanetor Rawlings is noble, maybe not by birth, but certainly by virtue. Such are the people who should be allowed to lead, as John Fletcher pointed out over 500 years ago.

She certainly has the wherewithal, the stature, the credibility, tenacity,  personality, integrity and the sincerity to lead the NDC as would-be veep – An intellectual and a unifier who would bring many aggrieved members and the floating voters on board the NDC train. 

It must also be admitted that she is well liked. She has the reputation for being affable and charming, and most Ghanaians  – alas-seem to have soft spot for her as a result of her philanthropic work. 

The NDC needs a new crop of selfless activists who looks ready for the future and really wants the job. The party has to move on and offer credibility to its presidential ticket. 

So there you have it; in order to make a mark in 2020, Mahama needs to shed the very attributes that once placed him a heartbeat away from it and nominate Dr Zanetor Rawlings as his would-be veep.

Signed: 

James Agbey (Leader of the Action Movement)