Son of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has questioned what Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang will bring to the table as the running mate of former President John Dramani Mahama.
Although he supports the idea of having a woman as a running mate, his major concern is the impact she will have on Ghanaians and the message she will carry that will garner support for Mahama.
Dr. Sekou Nkrumah in a Facebook post quizzed, “A woman running mate is good! My concern is about her contribution to the campaign, what exactly is she bringing to the table?
According to him, a running mate should be able to take over the leadership mantle of a presidential candidate if he fails, however, he doesn’t see that in Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.
He pointed out that if Mahama fails to secure a win in the December 7 elections and Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang is unable to take over from him, there will be a serious crisis and leadership vacuum moving forward.
“If NDC does not win 2020, can the running mate take over the leadership mantle? If not, then there is a problem! It means the party will end up with a leadership vacuum and serious crisis going forward!” he said.
The National Executives Committee of the National Democratic Congress unanimously endorsed the former Education Minister, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as John Dramani Mahama’s running mate for the December 7 election.
She is the first female to be selected as running mate for a major political party and will become Ghana’s first female Vice President if the NDC wins the December polls.
All about Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang is a veteran educationist and the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana, she was a former Minister of Education under the John Mahama administration in 2012.
She hails from Komenda but was born at Cape Coast in the Central Region on November 22, 1951. She is 69 years old. She attended Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast for her secondary education from 1964 to 1971 where she was also the School Prefect.
Prof. got a B. A. (Hons) with a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and obtained a Diplome Superiere D’Etudes Francaises from the University of Dakar, Senegal in 1976 as well as her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada.
She taught at the University of Cape Coast from 1986 and served various academic positions including Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Founding Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research and more.
The professor has also served as Ghana’s representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board, a position she was elected to in 2009 and is currently Board Chair of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), an organization she has been a member of since 2014.