The Ho West Youth Congress(HoYCo), a development and youth empowerment and advocacy group has followed religiously the debate leading to the selection of the Running Mate of the NDC yesterday, Monday, July 6th, 2020. The Presidential ticket of the ruling NPP had long been logically presumed. The fallouts from the debate had created an intense anxiety among political watchers about the calibre of person that may be nominated by H.E. John Mahama to partner him in this December’s elections. Our group, HoYCo, was equally, and justifiably anxious too about what was coming.
Eventually, Mr John Mahama, yesterday nominated Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as his running mate to complete NDC’s presidential ticket for the upcoming elections. We have noted with joy, the spontaneous applause and delight that greeted the nomination, and as congratulatory and goodwill messages continue to pour in, we feel that we must not be left out, but must also indicate our solidarity with the nomination.
It is noteworthy that this particular nomination is a shift from the conventional practice of looking mainly at regional balance in seeking a running mate, to the selection rather of the first female candidate by any of our major political parties with a realistic chance of winning general elections in Ghana since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1992.
This historic nomination is none other than the nomination of Prof Jane Naana Opoku- Agyemang, who has been widely acclaimed as highly competent for the position, having held very important public offices from being a chief administrator of a public university (Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast) to being the Minister for Education between 2012 and 2017.
As a youth empowerment and development advocacy group, we cannot be more excited by this nomination, and we accordingly wish to congratulate the good Professor for having been accorded this honour and responsibility to assist H.E. John Mahama to manage the affairs of our nation if they shall be elected in December this year. We have no doubt at all that Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang shall be an excellent Vice President for our nation.
While our membership is in the process of determining which presidential ticket to endorse and work assiduously for in this year’s elections, we wish to unreservedly congratulate H.E. John Mahama, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, and the NDC for also completing its presidential ticket and thereby making it easier for us to do our assessment as quickly as possible.
It is our hope that the rest of the political process shall proceed smoothly, devoid of turmoil, and the elections shall be free and fair, and free of violence. The youth of Ho West and for that matter the entire nation deserve a peaceful and congenial environment to thrive and develop their careers. We shall expect nothing short of the political leadership of the country.
In conclusion, HoYCo wishes to reiterate the good feeling of its general membership of the nomination of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as the running mate of H.E. John Mahama, and we wish them the very best of luck and God’s guidance and blessing in their rescue Ghana mission campaign. Congratulations, Prof.
Ŋutifafa Kristo Kofi
Horlali Yaw Haligah