As more unexpected names pop in the race for the 2016 parliamentary elections, ace broadcaster and Women Advocate Gifty Anti, has denied reports suggesting that she intends to contest the Ajumako seat on the ticket of the opposition New Patriotic Party.
Gifty Anti in her many years of journalism with the national broadcaster GTV, has been linked to the New Patriotic Party. There were even rumours that she once had an amorous relationship with then NPP leader and President John Agyekum Kufuor- a claim she repeatedly denied.
The rumors about her parliamentary ambitions which started spreading like wildlife, comes a day after George Andah, a member of pressure group Occupy Ghana, announced his intentions to contest the Afutu Senya West seat when the NPP opens nominations for parliamentary aspirants.
In an interview with tv3network.com, Gifty Anti stated that the reports were false, adding she has no such immediate intentions to contest for Parliament although she was uncertain about a future possibility.
“Its false. I haven’t declared any intention of contesting and I haven’t made any move to contest any primaries. I have no idea where this is coming from because for now I haven’t discussed with anybody. It’s not on my table. I am just concentrating on what am doing”.
Gifty Anti, who currently hosts ”The StandPoint”, a programme on Ghana Television that promotes women’s’ issues told tv3network.com, that she has a bigger and a neutral platform to address issues affecting women, and that limiting herself to Parliament on the ticke of one party will restrain her.
“The issues I am dealing with are much bigger and they get worst by the day so being in Parliament is not on my personal agenda. I would love to see more women there promoting the issues about women there but personally I think that I have a very big platform that I can use to serve people across the political divide without going to Parliament.
Asked whether her parliamentary ambitions could come on stream in the near future, she responded.
“Now it’s not on my table; I don’t know what the future holds but it’s not part of my plan. I can use my platform to push for change much better than being in Parliament because right now I pull support from across political parties and my mentees and those who look up to me are from different political parties so I can convince them better than when I just go and represent one political party in Parliament”.
Gifty’s The Standpoint on GTV, privately produced by GDA Concepts, has seen panelists discussing topics such as ‘Is Marriage the Ultimate?, Dealing With a Broken Heart, Life Without a Biological Child, Cervical Cancer, Safe Pregnancy, Understanding the Pregnant Woman, Breast Cancer, Pregnancy Did Not Stop Me, Life With a Sickle Cell Child, Life With an Autistic Child, The Muslim Man and Gender Equality, Women and Politics, among others.
The popular T.V presenter, Gifty Anti has been honoured with an “Excellence Award for Giving Women a Platform and a Voice,” at the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) conference.
In 2011, Gifty also received an award at the ‘Creative Industry Women Honors’, an event organized by the Musicians’ Union of Ghana.
Gifty Anti, who studied at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 1994, currently holds a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University in London, and has also attended a number of training courses at the United Nations, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and had internship at SABC-Africa in South Africa.
In a related development, former Host of Joy FM’s Morning Show, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has decided not to comment on rumours that he will be contesting the Ofoase Ayirebi seat in the Eastern Region on the ticket of the opposition New Patriotic Party. Other media managers reported to be interested in contesting seats on the NPP’s ticket are Egbert Faible and Ken Kurankyie of the Searchlight Newspaper.
By:Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana