Barbara Asher Ayisi extols Napo’s leadership

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the energy minister
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the energy minister

Former Deputy Minister of Education Barbara Asher Ayisi has fondly recalled moments of mentorship and guidance from Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh aka ‘Napo’ following his nomination as the running mate to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

The Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo Markin confirmed that the majority caucus supports Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s decision to select Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as his running mate.


Reacting to the development, Ayisi, who was a former MP for Cape Coast North, expressed appreciation for Napo’s leadership style, citing instances where he pushed her to excel.

“My best moments, I remember when you scolded me. I knew you wanted to bring the best out of me. Thanks for those great moments”, she stated in a post.

Ayisi, known for her role in education policy during her tenure, emphasized the impact of Napo’s leadership and mentoring, highlighting his dedication to excellence and his commitment to nurturing talents.

“Those who speak ill about you don’t know you. Napo, you are real”, she remarked.

Sensible and strategic move

Meanwhile political analyst and research fellow at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Dr John Osae-Kwapong, has described the proposal of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, also known as NAPO, as Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s running mate as a sensible move.

He says NAPO’s selection was not surprising at all because of the prominent voices that joined the calls for his announcement.

“After some time, I got the impression that there were active attempts by certain key voices to highlight the fact that he [NAPO] would be a strong candidate to partner with Bawumia in the upcoming elections, so I wasn’t particularly surprised when the announcement was made that his name was submitted to NEC for consideration.

“Every presidential candidate selects their running mate, I believe, being guided by two key things; the political dividends that they believe the candidate can bring to their campaign and then also the governance dividends”, Dr Osae-Kwapong was quoted by as saying.

“When you put everything together, the choice makes sense and I can also see that this is the choice that the vice president thinks is a choice that will help him make a case for a Bawumia presidency and if he wins, this is a choice that can help him govern,” he added.




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