National Democratic Congress (NDC) Running Mate for the 2020 elections, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has expressed gratitude to the flag bearer, H.E John Mahama and the elders of the party for their “overwhelming endorsement” of her “historic” nomination.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming endorsement my nomination has received from the
Founder of the NDC, H.E. Jerry John Rawlings, the Council of Elders, the National
Executive Committee and the rank and file of our party, as well as the general public,” she said in her acceptance speech on Monday.
The former Education Minister who was nominated Monday afternoon said it was a “deep honour” to partner the NDC leader ahead of the December 7 polls, saying her appointment is a “victory for inclusive and participatory democracy.”
“This historic nomination is not a personal achievement but victory for inclusive and
participatory democracy, which enhances the credentials of our country and recognizes
the towering role women have played over the ages to achieve the progress we have
made,” Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said.
The elated former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) pledged to dedicate all her “energy and intellect” she can muster to “ensure a resounding victory for the NDC” and Ghana.
Mahama is Visionary
She said Mr Mahama, whom she will be partnering to the political battle field, is trustworthy, visionary and a leader who is poised for the progress of the country.
“I have worked with HE John Dramani Mahama closely and I know he is a man of vision,
a leader you can trust, a public servant of integrity and a courageous leader who makes
the right decisions in the national interest at all times,” she added.
Eulogising her predecessors, she said “I wish to salute all those who have come before me and pledge to draw deeply from their inspiration.”
In her assurance to work hard for the NDC, the veteran educationist stated, “I pledge to diligently apply myself and dedicate all the energy and intellect I can muster to ensure a resounding victory for the NDC and for our country, Ghana. So help me God.”
Why Endorsements Are Pouring In.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s nomination as a running mate is not the first of its kind in the fourth Republic. Of course Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP has picked two women in row as Running Mates. The late Ghanaian engineer and politician Eva Lokko who was nominated as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in 2012 and a former beauty queen Brigitte Dzogbenuku for the 2016 general elections.
CPP’s Dr Abu Sakara Foster had picked Nana Akosua Frimpomaa-Sarpong as the running mate for the 2012 elections.
Their nomination attracted applause from gender activists across the country, however, that joy was shortlived because the chances of these parties ahead of the polls that year were slim.
Other women who also got the opportunity to be Vice-Presidential candidates were Petra Amegashie, a Running Mate to Dan Lartey of the GCPP in 2000, Patricia Ameku, who was appointed a Running Mate to Emmanuel Ansah Antwi of the DFP in 2008 and Adeline Dedo Nartey of PNC who was the first woman to occupy that position in 1996.
But Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang’s nomination looks very strategic in realising the dream of getting a first female Vice-President in the country by virtue of the NDC’s chances ahead of the general elections in December.
To many, including women groups who have overwhelmingly endorsed Prof. Opoku-Agyemang say they are enthused not because she is a woman. They believe her honesty and thirst for results is unmatched and will forever encourage women to aspire for leadership roles not only in Ghana but across Africa.
Supporting her to become the first ever Vice-President of the country has become a duty than a mere wish for many gender activists basically because a ‘small push’ will get her there to make a case for women empowerment which needs more room for improvement in Ghana.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang has also been described as “incurriptible” by her party members and many across the political aisle. Corruption is a big deal when it comes to election matters in Ghana, especially among the middle class that determine the outcome of the country’s elections, so her appointment comes at the right time for John Mahama who has suffered harsh criticisms from a section of Ghanaians and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for allegedly superintending corrupt activities while in government between 2013 and 2016.
“When the regional chairmen caucus for the NDC heard the flag bearer had mentioned Prof. Opoku-Agyemang to be considered as his Running Mate, they invaded his house and suggested he picks a different person but H.E Mahama said Naana is God fearing and incorriptible,” a credible source in the former President’s office told Myxyzonline.com.
The NDC’s National Women Organiser, Dr Hanna Bisiw said Prof. Opoku-Agyemang brings to bare her academic experience, fortress and “good sense of judgement.”
“She is a perfect choice and a woman of substance who would not reduce the office of the Vice President to jokes and empty rhetorics when Ghanaians need results,” she added.
“This is certainly a game changer: A courageous and visionary decision that puts us in a very strong position as we battle for victory on 7th Dec, 2020,” Edward Ato Sarpong, a former deputy Minister of Communication said shortly after her nomination.
He observed the decision “reflects the diversity in our party and demonstrates that indeed, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has the men and women ready to lead and transform our country.”
“Professor Jane Naana Opoku- Agyemang is a great choice and brings honour not only to Ghanaian women, but also to the good people of the Central Region. She is a self-made woman and an inspiration to many! A selfless and patriotic Ghanaian woman who embodies the values of honesty, credibility, modesty, intelligence, humility and valuable experience!!
Congratulations, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang!!,” Ato Sarpong added.
While some political activists are divided over the NDC’s choice of Running mate, a significant number have hailed Mahama for his choice, indicating that her partnership puts the NDC on a strategic position for victory.
A Political Scientist at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Jonathan Asante Otchere, who is convinced Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s capabilities are unmatched, described her nomination as strategic.
“For such a decision to come from the biggest opposition party in the country, under the leadership of John Mahama, I think it is a very fantastic decision, it is a strategic one,” Mr Asante Otchere said on TV3 adding that she is a fantastic woman who has got very good human relations and that her nomination is deserving.
On his part, Professor Ransford Gyampo, a senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana (UG) also said the NDC’s choice of running mate will change the dynamics of the country’s politics.
Commending the NDC for the announcement, Prof Gyampo said the former Minister’s nomination was a right decision.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com