The long-awaited appointment of the running mate of the flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, finally took place today, 6th July, and the lot fell on former Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang.
The appointment of Prof. Naana comes as a bit of surprise as renowned banker and former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, was initially tipped by many as the most suitable candidate for the position.
Amidst a little bit of social media trolls, Prof. Naana’s appointment, which was unanimously approved by the NEC, has been met with joyous endorsement and confident trust by renowned members of the NDC.
Their joy however seems to resonate sadness and uncertainty in the ears of their “next door neighbor” , the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP).
The unusual “silence” of the “loud mouths” in the NPP in regards to Prof. Naana’s appointment seems to awfully expose their fears, chief among which I’ve outlined below. But before then, a bit of introduction to the newest running mate in town.
Prof. Naana may not be a well-known brand in the political arena of the country, but she’s accrued a respectable command of accolades that brands her as the deserved choice for the NDC in their attempt to bid farewell to opposition.
As a renowned academician, she rose through various ranks as Head of Department, Dean and all the way to the top as the first female Vice Chancellor of a public university, the University of Cape Coast.
In 2013, she was appointed as the Minister of Education and served in that capacity for 4years, during which she chalked a good number of remarkable successes to enshrine her name in the good books of Ghana.
Key among them was sustainaing the Overall Best Performing WASSCE Nation by WAEC for four consecutive years. She currently is the Board Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists(FAWE), a pan-African NGO that seeks to promote girls and women’s education.
Now here are the three things the NPP fear most about Prof. Naana’s appointment as running mate.
1. Her role and influence as a woman
It’s highly undeniable that our progress as a nation largely welcomes the idea of gender equality and women empowerment.
What better way can a government prove its loyalty to this cause than to have a woman as vice president? This obviously is a pin in the ass of the NPP.
Given her massive influence and contribution to the nation’s development, and especially her advocacy for girl child education, she’ll most likely be a favorite of her gender in the population. So if she manages to pull a chunk of female voters to her side, what becomes of the NPP?
2. Clean record
It’s unarguable that anyone that meddles in the business of politics eventually gets himself significantly soiled by the mud of lies, corruption, failed promises etc, but Prof. Naana seems to be one of the few politicians who are rarely the talk of town in that regards.
The best loophole the NPP would have been able to cease was to capitalise on her “dirt” as a weapon to make her unpopular in the eyes of the populace.
Given that they now have little in that regards (I believe she still has some labses which can be leveraged on for political gain of her opponents, but that’s not as significant as if it were to be a different person, say Kwabena Duffuor).
Her play in the game of politics haven’t been totally clean, but at least she isn’t as marred as the NPP would have wished for.
3. She’s an “iron woman”
Women wielding positions in high offices in our part of the world is relatively unheard of; the few who attain such feat are indeed “hard core”.
Such is the case of Prof. Naana Agyemang. Having ranked through high-profile offices in the country, Prof. Naana has amassed significant experience and expertise to meet the demands of the high office of vice-presidency.
Complemented by her toughness in sailing through difficult times, she would definitely be a force to reckon with.
This comes as a big blow to the NPP who have been praying for nothing but incompetence in the camp of their opposition. We look forward to fierce contest.
Well, it’s barely 5 months to election, and the battle line has just been drawn, who wins the fight?