Barring any last-minute changes, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, will name Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 7 December 2024 presidential election.
Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, a one-time education minister in the John Mahama government that held sway from 7 January 2013 to 7 January 2017, was his running mate in his failed attempt to win re-election as president in the 2020 general election.
The naming of Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate to Mahama will mean that the NDC has decided once again to stick to the Central Region to select its vice-presidential candidate, as has been the case since 2012.
The reselection of Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as Mahama’s projected repeat choice of running mate will be the second such decision in the history of the NDC, which came into being with the start of the Fourth Republic.
The former president Jerry John Rawlings, in his two terms as president on the NDC ticket, contested each election with a different running mate.
Professor John Evans Atta-Mills, who ran for the presidency in three successive elections (2000, 2004 and 2008), did so with three different running mates (Martin Amidu, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and John Dramani Mahama). Subsequently, Mahama, who has also stood in three elections (2012, 2016 and 2020), is set to stand in his fourth presidential election in Ghana.