The unveiling of Mrs Helen Matervi, running mate of Hassan Ayariga, the presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), at the party’s campaign office last Thursday, gave the strongest indication yet of the party’s intention to win the December 7, 2012 elections.
Indeed, the selection and subsequent endorsement of Mrs Matervi by the National Executive Committee (NEC) brings a north-south balance to the ticket of the party, which would be contesting the general elections for the sixth time.
While Mr Ayariga hails from Bawku in the Upper East Region, Mrs Matervi is from Denu in the Volta Region.
According to Mrs Matervi, her pairing with Mr Ayariga was a positive development for the party as that would enable it to carry out an effective coverage of the entire country.
She stated further that as Mr Ayariga dealt with the north to canvass for votes she would be dealing with the south.
Her outdooring was graced by key personalities in the PNC including its Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan; Vice Chairman, David Niibi; General Secretary, Bernard Monarh and National Youth Organiser, Abul Ramadan.
The event was attended by a host of party supporters who graced the occasion in party paraphernalia. They sang and danced to signal their acceptance of the pair.
Shortly after commencing her address, scores of women supporters arrived to lend their support to the occasion. As they arrived singing and dancing, Mrs Matervi had to suspend her address for about five minutes for the women to settle down.
As she resumed her address, Mrs Matervi wasted no time in pledging her unflinching support for Mr Ayariga and the PNC.
She declared, among other things, that a PNC government would ensure that all discriminatory norms and practices militating against women’s empowerment in the country were eliminated through massive sensitisation and education.
“We will study and adopt relevant measures that other countries have successfully employed in easing the plight of women, such as handling domestic violence in a manner that promotes cohesion in families.
“A PNC administration will establish channels through which children can discuss issues related to their circumstances and develop recommendations that the government shall review and implement”.
Story: Emmanuel Bonney