Former President John Mahama says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made the best choice for Ghana in the selection of Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as the party’s running mate going into the 2020 general elections.
“We have made the best choice for Ghana… We will work for the women of Ghana, we will work for the youth of Ghana, and we will work for the people of Ghana,” he said.
According to John Mahama, the consideration of the former Education Minister goes beyond the fact that she is a woman and focuses on her competence and intellect.
Speaking at a ceremony in Accra to officially outdoor Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 2020 elections, John Mahama said the NDC has demonstrated its commitment to inclusivity in nation-building.
“The choice of Professor Opoku-Agyemang is over and above affirmative action because she is more than qualified to serve as Vice President. She is a woman who has contributed to shattering the many glass ceilings that have held women down for generations, by becoming the first female to lead and manage a public university in Ghana,” he said.
“With Professor Opoku-Agyemang, the NDC has once again stayed with our true course, and advanced a step further in our established philosophy of inclusivity by boldly presenting one of our best in intellect and character, as our party’s Running Mate,” Mahama added.
NDC election 2020 campaign
The NDC is seeking to return to political power in the December 2020 polls after being voted out in 2016.
In 2016, John Mahama, then the incumbent, lost the election to the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Akufo-Addo.
President Akufo-Addo is seeking a second-term extension of his mandate with the same running mate, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
John Mahama, who lost power with Kwesi Amissah Arthur as his Vice President at the time, earlier in July named Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, a former University Vice-Chancellor and Education Minister in the NDC government as his running mate into the 2020 polls.
Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (born 22 November 1951 in Cape Coast, Ghana) is a former Minister for Education in Ghana.
She was appointed in 2013 by President John Mahama after the 2012 Ghanaian general election and served until January 2017 when the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration was elected to power.
She is a member of the National Democratic Congress.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Ghana, was the first female Vice-Chancellor of a state University in Ghana.
She assumed duty on October 1, 2008, succeeding Emmanuel Addow-Obeng.