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General News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Source: Daily Mail

‘I’ll work to ensure a resounding victory’ – Opoku-Agyemang assures Mahama

The newly endorsed vice presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang has assured her boss she will work towards a “resounding victory” in the 2020 elections.

In an acceptance statement, she said her selection is a victory for “inclusive and participatory democracy.”

“It is with deep honour and a high sense of gratitude that I convey my acceptance of the nomination by H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Flagbearer and Leader of the great National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be his Running Mate for the December 7, 2020 election.

"I am humbled by the overwhelming endorsement my nomination has received from the Founder of the NDC, H.E. Jerry John Rawlings, the Council of Elders, the National Executive Committee and the rank and file of our party, as well as the general public.

“This historic nomination is not a personal achievement but victory for inclusive and participatory democracy, which enhances the credentials of our country and recognizes the towering role women have played over the ages to achieve the progress we have made. I wish to salute all those who have come before me and pledge to draw deeply from their inspiration.

“I have worked with HE John Dramani Mahama closely and I know he is a man of vision, a leader you can trust, a public servant of integrity, and a courageous leader who makes the right decisions in the national interest at all times. I pledge to diligently apply myself and dedicate all the energy and intellect I can muster to ensure a resounding victory for the NDC and for our country, Ghana. So help me God,” she said.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, who served as Mahama’s education minister when he was president earlier, was unanimously endorsed by the party executives on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Mahama, who ran Ghana from 2012 until 2017, is hoping to unseat incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo at the vote in December.

The election — the fourth time the two rivals will face off against each other at the ballot box — is expected to be close.

Mahama in a statement described university professor Opoku-Agyemang, 68, as “god-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant, and a role model”.

Ghana is viewed as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies in a region characterised by insecurity and turbulence. It has been run by democratically-elected governments since 1992.

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