Even before the official announcement of Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming December 2020 polls, a lot of discussions went on on her candidature as his running mate.
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Those who do not know the history books very well would probably be asking all the questions that come to mind as to whether or not Ghana is ready for a female vice president.
Others would probably be wondering what exactly it is she was bringing to the table where men always sat.
It is, however, important to note that, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang is not the first woman to occupy a position like that.
YEN.com.gh has thought it wise to compile a list of all the female vice-presidential aspirants in Ghana since 1996.
1. In 1996, the first woman to have been selected as running mate for an election was Adeline Dedo Nartey of the PNC .
2. In 2000, Madam Petra Amegashie was running mate for GCPP's Dan Lartey.
3. In 2008, Madam Patricia Ameku was running mate to Emmanuel Ansah Antwi of the DFP
4. In 2012, the People’s National Convention (PNC), once again chose a female as their running mate in the person of Helen Sanorita Dzatugbe Matervi. She contested with Hassan Ayariga in the 2012 December elections.
5. In 2012, Nana Akosua Frimpomaa-Sarpong II , was selected as running mate for Dr. Abu Sakara on the ticket of the CPP. She is the Dwantoahemaa (queen mother) of the Dormaa Traditional Council and also the founder of Caring Kids International, a non-governmental organization.
6. The late Eva Lokko in 2012 ahead of the general elections was confirmed by leaders of the People Progressive Party as the running mate of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom.
She was the only female Director-General for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, since its inception in 1935. She passed away in 2016 after a short illness.
7. Also in 2016, Brigitte Dzogbenuku, was selected by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom leading the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) to be his running mate in the 2016 general elections.
8. Finally to the woman of the moment, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang. After much anticipation, the NDC announced that the former minister of Education was selected by the National Executives of the NDC.
The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday, July 6, 2020, announced to the general public that it has settled on Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate for John Dramani Mahama for the 2020 polls.
She stood tall among her male nominees in the persons of Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, former Finance Minister; Cadman Mills, and Nii Noi Thompson.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang is the first in Ghana's political history to be appointed as the Vice President by a major political party.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the National Democratic Congres, (NDC) approved Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as the running mate for flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama in 2020 elections.
In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Mahama stated that she was unanimously, endorsed by the National Executive Council of the NDC.
Mahama described Naana Jane as a God-fearing woman, distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant, and a role model.
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