The founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President Jerry John Rawlings, has urged Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang not to deviate from her principles of integrity.
He said it was Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s integrity that made her to be chosen as the running mate to the NDC flagbearer, Mr John Dramani Mahama, and urged her to hold on to that integrity.
Former President Rawlings said that last Thursday when Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was officially introduced to him at his office by former President Mahama.
The other party executives present included the General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia; the National Chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, and party Vice Chairman, Mr Kofi Attoh.
Former President Rawlings said it was not the size of her accounts that made her the choice but her integrity and values.
Moreover, he said, it was good she was coming on board through the right door and not the back door.
He advised her to share her thoughts and values with them so that people would wake up to her values.
Former President Rawlings said although he had other candidates in mind as possible running mate to Mr Mahama, he (Rawlings) did not object to her selection when it emerged she was the favourite among the shortlisted candidates.
“If this was the case then there was no reason to stand against it even though I had a few others in mind,” the former President said.
Former President Rawlings congratulated Prof. Opoku- Agyemang on her selection as running mate.
Prior to the announcement, he said, former President Mahama informed him about her selection following consultations with the party hierarchy and she being the favourite of the shortlisted candidates.
Former President Rawlings also urged Ghanaians to go out to register towards the December Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
He called on political parties to desist from activities that would create civil unrest.
In introducing his running mate to former President Rawlings, Mr Mahama expressed appreciation to former President Rawlings for the collaboration in the choice of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate.
He described Prof. Opoku- Agyemang as having the credentials worthy of her selection.
He mentioned some of her achievements as the first female Vice Chancellor of a Ghanaian university and her significant contribution to the educational sector during her tenure as the Minister of Education such as the free school sandals, free school uniforms, the initiation of the E-Block schools.
The General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was a very good choice.
He said the running mate was outstanding and that he was confident the party would win the upcoming elections.
He said the selection of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang went to prove internationally that the NDC stood for the promotion of youth and women empowerment.