Newly-outdoored running mate to the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, says the decision by the flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, to choose her [a woman] as his running mate for the 2020 presidential elections will be remembered by Ghanaian women for all eternity.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang made this comment in her maiden address during a ceremony, Monday July 27, 2020 to officially outdoor her as the Vice Presidential candidate of the NDC flagbearer.
“Your Excellency John Mahama, your singular decision to select me as your running mate has generated a whole web of responses and debates. But importantly, it is a new focal point for girls and women. You 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,” she said, adding “making history is 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.”
The appointment of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast has generated considerate interest in the Ghanaian body politic and has become the subject of extensive national discourse, especially as she is the first female running mate of a major political party with a chance to win the general elections in Ghana.
Expressing her appreciation to the rank and file of the party as well as to the general public for the confidence reposed in her, Prof. Opoku-Agyeman assured the party of her readiness and willingness to work hand-in-hand with them to ensure victory in the upcoming general elections.
“I wish to express sincere gratitude to the Founder, H.E. J. J. Rawlings, the Council of Elders, members of the National Executive Committee, the Functional Executive Committee, the entire rank and file of the NDC and the general public for their incredible support and many, many words of encouragement, those pronounced publicly and those spoken in private. We are all aware that this is 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,” she said.