All said and done , the long awaited running mate for the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress ; John Dramani Mahama has finally been unveiled.
The selection of the vice presidential candidate for the flagbearer came after a unanimous decision by the National Executive Committee and Senior members of the party and supported by the founder of the party ; Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.
Earlier , several names popped up as potential candidates for the slot, notably among them; Dr. Kwabena Duffour , Kwame Awuah Darko , Mr. Alex Mould , Professor Kwesi Botwe , Mr. Samuel Nuamah Donkor and Professor Kwesi Ahwoi.
Later, names like Dr. Cadman Mills , a brother to the late President Mills and Dr. Isaac Nii Moi Thompson aired out as all yearning for the vice presidential slot.
After thorough consultation and deep consideration the only female among the numerous gents emerged as the party’s favourite and deemed fit to hold such position.
At the party’s head office today , 6th July , 2020 at Adabrakra the party named the academician to be the vice presidential candidate to pair John Dramani Mahama.
Supporters and sympathizers who stormed the party’s office were very happy for the decision and expressed their happiness for the decision and urged their massive support for her in the upcoming general election as they hope her contribution will yearn victory for them.
The Communication Officer of the party ; Sammy Gyamfi speaking to the media re – emphasised the need to bring the academician on board. He said ” she is the best to take that mantle.This move by the party in choosing a lady welcomes a sounding victory for the 2020 December polls “, He stressed .
The MP for Ningro Prampram , Hon. Sam George Nartey also added his voice to the decision of the party in choosing Naana Opuku Agyeman as the running mate for their flagbearer and hope her selection would go a long way in securing a sounding victory in the upcoming polls.
On social media , people are asking whether her field gauranteed her to occupy such a pretigious space in the NDC and to be the Prospective vice presidential candidate for the party ; as an educationist matching with his main contender Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia an economist.
Such a matching will not be so much tough between the two as it trends on the media space , but the NDC state it clear that “they want someome who is competent and can do the job and not just a bookman economist who cannot go after the dollar more unless managing the economy”.
Taking a look at the background of this noble women ; She hails from Komenda in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem Municipality , born in Cape Coast on 22nd November ,1951.
A mother of three children. She enrolled in the Anglican Girls Secondary , Aburi Presby Girls and the Wesely Girls School in cape coast from 1964 to 1971.
Then continued to the University of Cape Coast where she read Bachelor of Education (Hons) in English and French in 1977. She had her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto , Ontario ; Canada from 1980 to 1986. She has written many books and articles as a professor and won many awards.
She was the Vice – Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast from 2008 to 2012. Board Chair of the University College of Education , Chairperson of the Academic committee of Ghana Council for Tertiary Education.
She was Co-coordinator of the Specialist Program in English Language and Ghanaian Culture for Japan Overseas Co – operation volunteers from 1991 to 1993. Board Chair for Centre for Democracy and Development ( C.D.D – Ghana ) , Board of governors of her Alma mata , Wesely girl’s Senior High. A fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science , member of the University Teachers Association , a member of the English Studies Association , African Studies Association , African Studies Literature Association and a member of the International Fulbright scholars Association.
When John Dramani Mahama won the 2012 December Election , he nominated her to be the Minister of Education from 2013 to 2017 when the party went to opposition.
Filed By : Kobina Nyamekye