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22-year-old Oteng-Mensah “too young” and inexperienced - Dr Amoako Baah

BY: Graphic.com.gh
Francisca Oteng Mensah

The head of the Political Science Department of KNUST, Dr Richard Amoako Baah, has expressed dissatisfaction at the election of a 22-year-old female candidate in Saturday’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries.

Francisca Oteng-Mensah, a second-year law student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, will be contesting in the 2016 parliamentary race on the ticket of the NPP in the Kwabre East constituency of the Ashanti region.

She defeated the incumbent MP for the constituency, Kofi Frimpong by polling 321 votes as against 202 for Osei-Poku. The incumbent Frimpong had 187 while the other contender Adjei- Sefa managed 33.

But speaking to Accra-based Radio Gold, Dr Amoako Baah said Ms Oteng-Mensah was “too young” and inexperienced".

According to him, it would have been different a scenario if she had graduated from school, but as a second-year student, she brings nothing to the table.

Dr Amoako Baah was also not impressed by the fact that Ms Oteng-Mensah campaign was financed by her father, a rich businessman.

“The father is not the one who is being elected,” he said.

In an earlier interview with Accra-based Starr FM, Amoako Baah said the NPP should not have allowed Oteng-Mensah to stand for the elections.

“Look, there is nothing wrong with parents pushing their children ahead. Nothing wrong with it. But sometimes if you do it quickly and you are not careful it would mess them up.

“This one is not good. I’m telling you it’s not good. Young people should come in, she is too young and not experience, and no money of her own. Her parents are sponsoring her. Is that how it’s supposed to be?” he asked.

The political scientist went on to call for a law against vote-buying in Ghanaian politics.