In this article, we present to you a report from an online survey. This survey is aimed at comparing and weighing the strengths of the vice presidential candidates, of the two major parties (NDC and NPP)…Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang. This analysis is to see the effects of these two candidates and how they will influence the results of the December 2020 elections. We will start with a brief look at the backgrounds.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Dr. Bawumia is an economist, a banker and the current Vice President of Ghana. Bawumia was a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana until his nomination as the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008. He holds the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB) from United Kingdom, First Class Honours Degree in Economics at Buckingham University, master’s degree in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford, and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His areas of specialization include Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics and Monetary Policy
Dr Bawumia was the President of the Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) for 1981. From 1988 to 1990, Bawumia worked as a lecturer in Monetary Economics, and International Finance at the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London, England. He also served as an economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, USA. Between 1996 and 2000, Bawumia served as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA, where he also received the Young Researcher Award in 1998. He was listed in “Who is Who Among America’s Teachers’ in 1999.
Bawumia returned to Ghana in 2000 to work as an economist at the Bank of Ghana. He rose from Senior Economist to Head of Department, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Governor of the Bank. President John Kufuor appointed Bawumia as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in June 2006.
At the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Bawumia held numerous positions including the Head of the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Department. He also served on the Boards of the Bank of Ghana, Ghana International Bank (UK), Ghana Telecom, Revenue Agencies Governing Board, Social Security and National Insurance Trust.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyamang is a politician and educationalist who served as Minister for Education in Ghana. In July of 2020, she was chosen as the running mate to the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), H.E. John Dramani Mahama. Professor Opoku-Agyemang was a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Ghana, was the first female Vice-Chancellor of a state University in Ghana. She hold B.Ed.(Hons) in English and French from the University of Cape Coast, Master’s and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang taught and worked at the University Of Cape Coast, starting in 1986. She has held various academic positions including Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Warden of Adehye Hall, Valco Trust Fund Post-Graduate Hostel, and Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research. From 1997, she has held the position of Academic Director of the School for International Training in the History and Cultures of the African Diaspora. From 2008 to 2012 she was the University’s Vice Chancellor.
In March, 2007, she was one of five scholars selected to deliver presentations during the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. In October 2009, she was elected Ghana’s representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Between February 2013 and January 2017 she served as the Education Minister of Ghana. On 26 October 2018, she became the Chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa located in Zimbabwe. She has also served on many local and international boards and committees.
Looking at the background of these two, we can see that Dr. Bawumia is an Economist and a Banker, whiles Professor Jane is an Educationalist. It is also clear, that they both meet the requirements of the vice presidential race. After all, the ordinary Ghanaian is not much bothered with the educational background, but the personality and the political party.
In this survey, we put a question across some online platforms. The aim was to collect the view of Ghanaians about Prof. Naana, Dr. Bawumia and how these two personalities will affect the December 7 showdown. The question was: In your opinion, between Dr. Bawumia and Prof. Naana…who do you think, will pull more vote for his or her flag bearer (Nana Akuffo Addo and John Mahama),and to help him win the elections? Below are the results:
Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang – 6,103 (63.45%)
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia – 3,411 (35.46%)
3) None- 105 (1.09%)
Total votes was 9,619, as at October 27, 2020.
Important NOTE: This poll result is not intended to create fear and panic; before, during and after the December 2020 elections. The result is gathered from the opinions of some Ghanaians in some online platforms. It is an expression of people’s view, and does not represent the final results in December 2020.
What do you also think? In your opinion, between Dr. Bawumia and Prof. Naana…who do you think, will pull more vote for his or her flag bearer (Nana Akuffo Addo and John Mahama),and to help him win the elections?
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