Dr. Kwame Asah-Asante, a Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, has expressed surprise at the calls to replace Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama.
Reports circulating have mentioned potential candidates, including Sam Jonah, Dr. Valerie Sawyerr, Patrick Awuah, and Julius Debrah, as contenders for the position.
In an interview with Citi News, Dr Asah-Asante stated that while the other names being mentioned are credible and capable, Professor Opoku-Agyemang remains a standout choice.
He said, “The names that we have heard are all credible… I'm so surprised that people want Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang out, she's very important material, she's somebody who has seen it all, and she's someone who has what it takes to partner Mr. Mahama.”
Addressing criticisms that Professor Opoku-Agyemang couldn't match up with her past opponent, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on economic issues, Dr. Asah-Asante challenged those notions.
He questioned, “Who is more knowledgeable than the professor? That she can't learn anything, I challenge those people. The woman is worth her salt, and she can understand any subject. You don't need an economist…”
Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, distanced himself from speculations about being considered as a running mate, according to a statement dated August 9.
Meanwhile, the NDC clarified that the final decision regarding the running mate appointment rests with John Dramani Mahama, in consultation with the National Executive Committee and the Council of Elders.
The party's selection process continues to generate interest and speculation as Ghanaians await the announcement of Mahama's running mate for the upcoming elections.