Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang might have grabbed the headlines after she she was appointed running mate for the National Democratic Congress(NDC) but she’s definitely not the first woman to be appointed running mate in Ghana.
However she is the First Female to become the running mate for the National Democratic Congress.
Here are all the females who once served as running mates for various political parties since 1992 .
- PROF. NAA AFARLEY SACKEYFIO , RUNNING MATE FOR KWABENA DARKO’S – NIP (1992)
- PETRA AMEGASHIE , RUNNING MATE OF DR. EDWARD MAHAMA – PNC (2008)
- PATRICIA AMEKU, RUNNING MATE OF EMMANUEL ANSAH ANTWI – DFP (2008)
- CHERITA SARPONG, RUNNING MATE OF DR. ABU SAKARA FOSTER – CPP (2012)
- Eva Lokko, running mate of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom – PPP (2012)
- Helen Matervi, running mate of Dr. Hassan Ayariga – PNC (2012)
- Brigitte Dzogbenuku, running mate of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom – PPP (2016)
In 2016, Brigitte Dzogbenuku , was appointed as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang Appointed Running mate for the NDC
Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, appointed on Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as his running mate for the 2020 polls.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang regarded as a woman of integrity is the first female running mate of the two leading political parties in the country [NDC and NPP].
She beat former Finance Minister Dr. Kwabena Duffuor who was assured of the slot after Dr. Kwesi Botchwey turned down the offer on personal reasons mostly on trust.
Names like Cadman Mills, Nii Noi Thompson were all racing for the position ahead of the general elections in December 2020.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang is the current Africa Board Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). She has been a FAWE member since 2014. She is a former Minister of Education in Ghana.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana.
By Yaw Ampofo Jr