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HeadlineJohn Mahama picks Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as running mate


John Mahama picks Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as running mate

Former President John Dramani Mahama has reportedly chosen Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 2024 presidential election, according to Asaase Radio.

Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, who previously served as the Minister of Education during Mahama’s presidency from 2013 to 2017, was also his running mate in the 2020 general election, which the NDC lost.

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This decision, if true, signals the NDC’s commitment to maintaining a vice presidential candidate from the Central Region, continuing a trend that started in 2012.

This marks the second time in the history of the NDC that a running mate has been chosen consecutively. The NDC, since the beginning of the Fourth Republic, has traditionally had different running mates for each election.

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John Mahama, in 2012, ran with Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and won, while in 2016, the same pair lost the election. In 2020, following Amissah-Arthur’s death, Mahama selected Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, resulting in another electoral defeat.

The NDC, according to Asaase, initially considered potential candidates from three regions—Ashanti, Central, and Eastern. However, the nod ultimately went to Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang from the Central Region.

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Among the notable figures considered were Julius Debrah, a former chief of staff from the Eastern Region, and Kwame Awuah-Darko, a politician and entrepreneur from the Ashanti Region.

While there are differing opinions within the NDC about the political impact of retaining Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate, the decision reflects a strategic choice in the party’s pursuit of the December 2024 general election victory.

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  1. A very good decision but think age has catch up with the Professor since Mahama is only raining a term. I think also that, a young personality is chosen to cary on after 2028. God richly bless the NDC


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