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2008-07-30 21:53:39
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Alima Mahama
There is every indication that Alima Mahama, 51, will complete the New Patriotic Party's presidential ticket.

Sources close to Nana Akufo-Addo have confirmed that the 2008 NPP Presidential Candidate is continuing the consultation exercise with leading members of the party to convince them that the party and the nation are ready for a meriting woman Vice President.

This is likely to be confirmed on Saturday, August 16, when the NPP holds its annual conference at Takoradi, Western Region.

All things being equal, the Minister for Women and Children's Affairs and MP for Nalerigu-Gambaga, could replace her name sake, Aliu Mahama as the next Vice President of the Republic. Alima is the female version of Aliu.

Choosing Hajia Alima represents a radical departure and may take some extra persuasion from the NPP flagbearer to turn some conservatives. But, sources close to Nana Akufo-Addo believe that this is a major test of his leadership and one that he should not fail in convincing his party members and the country that the time is long over-due to push a woman to the very top.

"Though, the country has many competent women, none has so far come forward to vie for the leadership of any of the major parties. Nana Akufo-Addo has decided to push that agenda after very careful consideration of Hajia’s track record, ethno-religious and political background. The running mate is by selection and hopefully this would serve as a major boost for Ghanaian girls and women who are willing to work hard to get to the top,” a source close to Nana Akufo-Addo told The Statesman.

With John Mahama, MP, already confirmed as John Evans Atta Mills’ running mate, the probability of a Mahama becoming the Number 2 person after January 7, 2009 is very, very high.

This stems from a calculation that the next President of the Republic will certainly come from either the New Patriotic Party or the National Democratic Congress.

John Mahama, the MP for Bole-Bamboi, was one year behind Hajia Mahama at the University of Ghana, Legon, where she completed her first degree in 1980. Many students mistook the two for siblings.

She went on to become a lawyer in 1982, continuing to achieve a double Masters at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Like John Mahama, her father was a Member of Parliament during the First Republic, though representing opposing sides. Hajia’s father was a UP MP.

The Hubert Humphrey scholar has devoted most of her adult life fighting for the betterment of the Ghanaian woman and girl child, culminating in her current Cabinet position.

It is the story of how a Muslim girl, a Mamprusi and a Frafra, brought up in rural Jirapa, Upper East, can, with hard work, discipline and encouragement, rise from St Francis School, through Wesley Girls to hopefully become the second most powerful person of the land.

Though, among one of the most powerful and educated women in Ghana, her simplicity has won her many admirers.

It is expected that, in the event of an Akufo-Addo victory, as Vice President, she would have the special duty of ensuring that Nana Akufo-Addo’s mission of making quality and accessible education and health a priority remains the case.

source: the statesman

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