IMANI boss endorses widows succeeding husbands in political roles

The Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Mr Franklin Cudjoe has endorsed the practice in modern time political environment where widows are made to succeed their husbands.

Since 2016, Ghana has experienced the replacement of dead Members of Parliament and parliamentary aspirants with their wives.

A few weeks ago, the country was saddled with another fatal and sorrowful death of the Mfantseman Member of Parliament who had just filed for nomination, Mr. Ekow Hayford Quansah. In view of this, history has been replicated. Mrs. Ophelia Hayford has been selected to represent the New Patriotic Party as its parliamentary candidate in the impending December 7 elections.

According to the Founding President, this is a phenomenon that has existed in the American political arena since the 1998’s especially as reported in the Los Angeles Times.

“The Los Angeles Times reported in 1998 that among first-time house candidates between 1960 and 1993, 84% of the widows won while 14% of other women were victorious. A political scientist, Diana Kinser said: For women aspiring to serve in congress, the best husband has been a dead husband” he said on the Big Issue.

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Ophelia Hayford, wife of slain MP, Hon Ekow Quansah Hayford

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He further added that the political concept where widows are asked to replace their husbands is a political concept that must be encouraged because women make better leaders than men. He went further to assert that countries led by women handled the Covid-19 situation better than their male counterparts.

“I think it should be encouraged because women make better leaders. I see it every day, at home, at school, at work. I think that we should extend that to politics because they can handle the affairs. When you look at the countries that handled COVID-19 properly, they were all led by women” he added.


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