A former deputy minister for Education has waded into the comparison argument between vice president Mahamadu Bawumiah and Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, saying the former is not the standard for choosing a running mate in the country.
Mr Alex Kyeremeh who was speaking on Dwaboase on Power FM noted that the nomination of the former Education Minister would be a game changer in the country’s political space as Ghanaians prepare to go to the polls in December.
The former Techiman North MP told host Kwame Minkah that “Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang is not corrupt and can’t be bribed.”
“She will bring some decorum into the office of the Vice President which has been bedevilled dishonesty and propaganda,” he added.
To him, “She [Prof. Opoku-Agyemang] will not engage in infantile politics such as promising to arrest the cedi and give the keys to the IGP” whereas the country’s currency keeps decling against major trading currencies.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang was officially introduced as the running mate by former President John Dramani Mahama at the University of Professional Studies (UPS) in Accra on Monday night.
Mr Mahama, who stated he was “proud to work with her”, described the educationist as a result-oriented person, adding “her appointment is an affirmative action” and an “advanced step further in inclusivity” which will create opportunities for all as they build the country in social justice, integrity, transparency and accountability.
Eulogizing her achievements in the education sector, the NDC 2020 flagbearer said this was not the first time the umbrella family had appointed women into high offices. He said the NDC was the first party in Ghana’s history to present to the country the first female speaker odf parliament, Joce Bamford Addo, the first ever female chairperson of the Electoral Commission and the first female Foreign Affairs Minister.
He added that the NDC was the party to appoint a woman to head the National Commision for Civic Education (NCCE), the Attorney General’s Department and the first ever female to chair the Council of State.
“I have no doubt that God’s grace will shine on us,” Mr Mahama said as he hoped for a resounding victory in the 2020 polls.
Inclusivity and Hope
Prof Opoku-Agyemang in her inaugural speech, appealed to Ghanaians to come and join the NDC to rebuild Ghana’s institutions and an inclusive nation that was not afraid to respect divergent views.
“Come, men, women, our youth, our children, together, let us build the Ghana we can have which must belong to us all, and which must pay special, working and workable attention to the vulnerable,” she stated.
The NDC running mate said it was time the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality that seemed “locked down if not quarantined” was brought back, stressing that: “We must ease restrictions on the Ghana we know that respects, tolerates, liberates.”
She also stated the resolve of the NDC to serve the country, remained strong and would, therefore, not be intimidated.
“No shaking! We will stay the course. We will not be distracted. We will remain focused. We will raise high the flag of Ghana. The time is now and ‘Inshah Allah’, we will succeed,” she stated.