Running mate to the 2020 standard – bearer of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, Professor Naana Jane Opoku -Agyemang last Monday silenced her critics with her articulation and oratory on the occasion of her outdooring.
The renowned scholar who was the first woman Vice Chancellor of a public University was two weeks ago named by former President John Dramani Mahama as his running mate for the December 7 General Elections.
The NDC’’s flag-bearer who is seeking comeback on Monday July 27, 2020 at the University of Profession Studies (UPSA) in Accra unveiled his former Minister of Education as his running mate.
Prof. Naana Jane Opoku- Agyemang who prior to her outdooring was ridiculed by some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government surprised his detractors when she mounted the podium to give her acceptance speech and her policy statement.
The celebrated educationist who was delighted for her nomination acknowledged the fact that it was the first time in “our history that a major party has nominated a woman on its ticket to become Vice President. I assure the leadership and rank and file of the party that I come to this position with the mindset of a team player. I belong to you all and will always count on your support and guidance”.
“Your Excellency John Mahama, your singular decision to select me as your running mate has generated a whole web of responses and debates”, she added.
According to her, her nomination was a new focal point for girls and women.
She indicated that, the women of Ghana would not forget Mr Mahama’s gesture.
“You (referring to Mr Mahama) have respected women; the women of Ghana will not forget; the youth will remember; generations to come will commit your decision to memory and make it a reference point; we will partner with our men and youth, as we have always done, and work hard to achieve peace in our land, because that is the best way to respond to this high recognition”, the running mate of the former Ghanaian leader said.
She noted that, making history was gratifying; “but what really matters is not to be first through the door. What matters is to hold the door open for those behind us and create other avenues for self actualization for many more. That is the work of the next four years”.
She claimed many Ghanaians were now more energized to vote, because of the momentous decision of Mr Mahama .
She therefore urged them to do just that.
Meanwhile in an interview with Today, after the historic event, a cross-section of Ghanaians were optimistic that Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang would bring dignity and sanity to the presidency if NDC wins the 2020 December 7 polls.
“Her charisma, composure and her knowledge in the country’s culture indeed befits her status as the country’s first woman vice president, Madam Agnes Gyamfi, a seamstress at Lapaz in Accra told Today.
“In fact Ghana will be a better place to live if Prof. becomes Ghana’s next vice president judging from her humility, eloquence and desire to help the vulnerable in our society”, Nana Boateng, a car dealer at Abeka also in Accra said.
Others who could not hide their excitement hailed former President Mahama for his choice of a running mate and promised to vote for the NDC for the first time.
Other people in the academia were also not left out as they praised Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang for her captivating speech.
For instance, a political marketing strategist at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Dr Kobby Mensah, noted that, the running mate to tMr Mahama, would give Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia strong competition during political campaigns in the run-up to the December 2020 polls.
Judging from the “scope of the campaign message; the utterances, phrases and some key issues she highlighted” at her outdooring ceremony on Monday, 27 July 2020, the former Education Minister will give Bawumia a run for his money on campaign platforms”, he said.
Dr Kobby Mensah indicated that, the educationist rehashed the NDC’s consistent call for “diversity and inclusion”, adding that her composure complemented her speech.
Dr Mensah said, the “majority of us had the opportunity to listen to her extensively, perhaps, you will understand the diversity question that the NDC has been putting across, saying that they have actually been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion.”
“You’d realise that from the beginning, she was a little bit mild and then she went into a very tough-looking, tough-sounding position. So, if you thought that her demeanour shows a calm person, in her oratory delivery you see the other side of her”.
“So, I think that it was OK to demonstrate that aspect because people thought that, perhaps, she could be ‘a walk in the park’ when it comes to comparison with Bawumia. But I think Bawumia will have a run for his money, looking at the way that she actually transitioned from a very calm position to a high tempo,” he said.