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PPP picks former Miss Ghana as Nduom's running mate

Author: Kweku Zurek
Brigitte Dzogbenuku
Brigitte Dzogbenuku

The Presidential nominee of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has named a women's advocate and former beauty queen, Brigitte Dzogbenuku as his running mate for the 2016 general elections.

Madam Dzogbenuku was crowned Miss Ghana in 1991 and is also the founder and executive director of Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG), a non-governmental organization (NGO).

She was unveiled as running-mate at the Asylum Down head office of the PPP on Thursday morning. 

She has not been known to be actively involved in partisan politics in the country but is a member of pressure group Occupy Ghana.

This is the second time Dr. Nduom has picked a woman as running-mate after an unsuccessful attempt at the Presidency in 2012 with former GBC Director-General, Eva Lokko.

Dr Nduom said, "We have said that we want to encourage the young men and women and we are doing both this morning and we have also said that we stand for jobs and you will understand why we have made this choice because the person I am introducing has got experience of doing at the grassroots level.

"I want you to welcome as I hold her hand and introduce to the world that here I am standing with Brigitte Dzogbenuku."

Madame Dzogbenuku in her acceptance speech said she is a Ghanaian, who desperately wants the country to work again with the right type of leadership.

She said, "I am a Ghanaian who believes government can work again without high levels of wastefulness, corruption, and misappropriation of tax-payers money".