Former Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has been nominated as the running mate of John Dramani Mahama.
Even though she has an impeccable record in academia, many have argued that her appointment is a big gamble by the NDC.
The nomination of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang who is not your typical political took the local media landscape by storm.
Internationally, the world influential newspaper with 130 Pulitzer Prizes, “The New York Times” also captured the nomination of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.
Read the full write up by The New York Post
ACCRA — Former Ghana President John Mahama said on Monday that he had chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this year’s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian party’s presidential ticket.
The Dec. 7 poll will pit Mahama, who governed from 2012 to early 2017, against his successor, President Nana Akufo-Addo, who defeated him in the late 2016 election.
Opoku-Agyeman, 69, is a former education minister and university professor. She became the first female vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, according to the announcement on Mahama’s Facebook page.
He called her “God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant and a role model”.
Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia were formally nominated last month by their New Patriotic Party (NPP) to contest the election.
The presidency has changed hands repeatedly between the NPP and Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) since 1992 in a series of peaceful elections that have cemented Ghana’s reputation as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies.
(Reporting by Christian Akorlie; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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