The opposition National Democratic Congress has registered displeasure over Former Education Minister, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang candidature as the running mate for the party’s flag-bearer John Dramani Mahama for the December 2020 general election.
Some bigwigs within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) according to Dailymailgh have kicked against the idea of the professor’s candidature, arguing that it will erode the gains made by the party over the years to win the hearts of voters, especially floating ones.
The party’s insiders say influential personalities including some National Executive Council members have advised the flagbearer of the Umbrella Family to drop Naana Agyemang from his campaign plans for now because she does not have any base or constituency in the party.
According to the source, she does not have the popularity to advance the party’s fortune of snatching power from the governing New Patriotic Party come December 2020.
Other concern raised by a cross-section of the party bigwigs is that the running mate position is a serious business and it should be someone who can rally people behind the flagbearer.
NDC anonymous stalwart said “Go to the North right now and mention her name and see if they’ve even heard of her before. Let’s get serious,”
Another stalwart stressed that they need someone who resonates with votes, adding that, she’s a technocrat, but when it comes to the grassroots no one knows Professor, apart from the University of Cape Coast.
Anti-Opoku Agyemang faction within the party believes she caused a lot of disaffection for the party as education minister since it was during her tenure that the teachers’ trainee allowance was scrapped
Iddrisu Muftaw | Political Desk | Talksafrica.com