Former Ghana President John Mahama has chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this year’s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian party’s presidential ticket.
The Dec. 7 poll will pit Mahama against his successor, President Nana Akufo-Addo, who defeated him in the 2016 election.
Opoku-Agyeman, 69, is a former education minister and university professor. She was the first female vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008.
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman
Mahama describes her as “God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant and a role model.”
Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia were formally nominated in June by their New Patriotic Party to run for a second term.