NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama has reportedly settled on former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running.
According to a Daily Guide report, Prof Opoku- Agyemang beat former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor who was assured of the slot after Dr Kwesi Botchwey turned down the offer on personal reasons mostly on trust.
The report said Mr Mahama succeded in convincing the regional chairmen of the party who had earlier described the former Education Minister as a ‘non starter’.
Sources close to the meeting indicate that some of the chairmen rooted for former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor while Ade Coker was championing for Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko, beleaguered chief executive of BOST.
Report says Awuah-Darko’s name was not among the shortlist because of pending corruption cases.
Dr Duffuor was the front runner until he was slapped with charges of fraud and money laundering over the collapsed of Unibank which he owned.
He is not a known platform speaker but an astute technocrat.
Mr Mahama had earlier offered the slot to former Finance Minister under Jerry John Rawlings, Dr Kwesi Botchwey who rejected the offer on grounds of trust and principle telling the NDC flagbearer his fear of retiring from politics with a defeat in apparent reference to Mahama’s inability to win the 2020 polls.
Prof Opoku Agyemang was not known to be a card bearing member of the party having said it openly that she was not a registered member of the NDC.
With the acceptance, he is set to present her to NEC this morning.