Former Ghana President John Mahama said on Monday that he had chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this yearâ€™s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian partyâ€™s presidential ticket.
The Dec. 7 poll will pit Mahama, who governed from 2012 to early 2017, against his successor, President Nana Akufo-Addo, who defeated him in the late 2016 election.
Opoku-Agyeman, 69, is a former education minister and university professor. She became the first female vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, according to the announcement on Mahamaâ€™s Facebook page.
He called her â€œGod-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant and a role modelâ€.
Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia were formally nominated last month by their New Patriotic Party (NPP) to contest the election.
The presidency has changed hands repeatedly between the NPP and Mahamaâ€™s National Democratic Congress (NDC) since 1992 in a series of peaceful elections that have cemented Ghanaâ€™s reputation as one of West Africaâ€™s most stable democracies.