Professor Ransford Gyampo, a Political Science Professor at the University of Ghana (UG), discussed the potential retention of Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as former President John Mahama’s running mate. Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Prof. Gyampo conducted a SWOT analysis of Opoku-Agyemang, describing it as a “spreadsheet.”
He highlighted Opoku-Agyemang’s strengths, including her contribution to gender, ethnic, and regional balance in the 2020 elections, her existing recognition and effective marketing, and her potential to connect with academia and the middle class. He also noted her calm temperament, bilingualism, strong family background, and successful experience as Vice-Chancellor of UCC.
However, Prof. Gyampo also pointed out weaknesses, such as Opoku-Agyemang being perceived as dull and potentially inadequate to replace the flagbearer. He mentioned her challenge in appealing to her gender, ethnic, and regional constituencies in the previous elections.
In contrast, Political Science Lecturer Dr. Kwame Asah-Asante from UG expressed surprise at the push to replace Opoku-Agyemang as NDC’s running mate. Reports indicated possible replacements like Sam Jonah, Dr. Valerie Sawyerr, Patrick Awuah, and Julius Debrah. Despite acknowledging the qualifications of those mentioned, Dr. Asah-Asante highlighted Opoku-Agyemang’s standout qualities in an interview with Citi News.