Unveiled Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP) says she speaks the mind of most Ghanaians when she says she is desperate for a change in government come the December 7 general elections.
“I am a Ghanaian who like you desperately wants change…who has seen better days and better times and therefore knows we are capable and deserve better” Brigitte Dzogbenuku said in her first public political speech.
Dzogbenuku, a women empowerment advocate, an OccupyGhana protester and a former Miss Ghana 1991 was presented to party delegates by the Presidential Candidate, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom at the party headquarters in Asylum Down Thursday.
She acknowledged her lack of political experience but suggested she has experienced enough of poor quality governance under President John Mahama.
“Change is not going to come by sitting behind my laptop or tapping away at my phone every day expressing my displeasure at what Ghana has become. I actively want to do something about it. So if by this I am now labelled a politician, then that is what I have become,” she explained.
Dzogbenuku was part of a protest on July 1, 2014, organised by pressure group OccupyGhana, decrying poor governance and poor economic management skills of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Perhaps pulling up memories of that protest, Brigitte Dzogbenuku lamented; “What do we see from examples of our leaders today. Today, everything goes. How did our dear Ghana get here?”
This is the second time Dr. Nduom has picked a woman for running-mate after an unsuccessful run in 2012 with former GBC Director-General Eva Lokko.
In his third attempt at the presidency, the business magnate has chosen the founder and Executive Director of Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG).
It is a nonprofit organization she launched one year after participating in Vital Voices’ Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership in 2008.
She owns a private company that does business with the Barclays Clubhouse, in addition to her non-profit, Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG) organisation.