With Seven months to the 2020 general elections, political parties within the country have started announcing procedures for the polls of candidate that would contest for the various political positions at the parliamentary and constituency level. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is one of those political parties in Ghana yet to organise their primaries. Although the party is yet to elect its candidate, after their national delegate congress, the party launched a slogan dubbed #4MORE4NANA, implying the NPP has endorsed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akkufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia to stand as party flagbearers in the coming 2020 general elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the other hand has distinguished itself as a pacesetter for other political parties as the party has already elected and retained former President John Dramani Mahama as its presidential candidate. However, with time ticking, party members have begun to question who is going to contest the NPP as a running mate to John Dramani Mahama. Below is a profile of some top-notch NDC officials who have been tipped for the position of a running mate to the NDC’s flagbearer.
Alex Kofi Mensah Mould is a politician and a former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. He is a member of the National Democratic Congress of Ghana. Before he was appointed CEO of GNPC, he was the CEO of the National Petroleum Authority.
Mould attended Accra Academy and graduated in 1978. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he studied Chemical engineering. He graduated from the university in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He enrolled at the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Oil Marketing and Economics in 1989. In 1994, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, Accounting and Decision Science from J.L Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University, Illinois.
Alex Mould has said in a recent interview with Evans Mensah on JoyNews‘ PM Express May 18 that he will be a capable match for Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia if given the nod to go into the 2020 elections as John Mahama’s running mate. According to him, he has acquired enough knowledge and experience from years of churning successes in various entities he has handled, and this puts him in the best position to counter the prowess presented by President Akufo-Addo’s deputy.
A significant number of Ghanaians have hailed the economic background of Mahamudu Bawumia as key to his prominence, bringing to bear the need for the opposition NDC to field a running mate who fits the role of countering this said strengths. Alex Mould explained that: “my pedigree shows that I have managed organisations successfully… if you’re talking about the economy, of course, I can deliver. If you’re talking about energy, I can deliver. If you are talking about any area, whether its trade, industry, I can deliver.”
Alex Mould is one of the many potential candidates who has publicly expressed interest in becoming Maham’s running mate. He told Joy News that: “I think there is a process that goes into it. The flagbearer has to work with the Functional Executives of the party in consultation with the elders and come up with criteria. If they call me and nominate me and I pass the criteria, I definitely will accept it.”
Dr Kwabena Duffour
According to the Institute of Financial Studies, Dr Kwabena Duffuor is the immediate past Minister for Finance and Economic Planning and Africa’s Finance Minister of the Year 2011 (The Banker, a Financial Times Publication). Before his appointment to the high office of a Minister of State, he also served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana from July 1997 to 2001 and was named as one of the four best Central Bank Governors in the World at an IMF/World Bank meeting in 1999 (Euromoney Publication).
Dr Kwabena Duffour has not yet expressed his interest or commented on becoming the running mate of John Mahama. Still, all speculations by Political experts have his name mentioned due to his background in Finance and Economy.
Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings
Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings is the eldest daughter of the 1st President under the 4th Republic of Ghana Jerry Rawlings (1993–2001) and former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman. Agyeman-Rawlings was born on June 1, 1978, in Accra, Ghana in West Africa. She hails from Dzelukope in the Volta Region of Ghana. She attended the North Ridge Lyceum school and Achimota school for her primary education. She then graduated from the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast in 1996.
With her father being on the political platform, little Zanetor spent most of her time with her mother, the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. Zanetor attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for her medical degree. She also has certificates in defence management and conflict and crisis management from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. Many believe she may be selected just so the party can rekindle the loyalty of his father, Jerry John Rawlings to the NDC as she gets prepared for the highest seat in the near future.