NPP NEC Approves Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as Running Mate for December 7 Election

by Louisa Afful
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The National Executive Council (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has officially endorsed Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as the running mate for the upcoming December 7 election. The decision was confirmed during a meeting held on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at the Alisa Hotel, where NPP flagbearer Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia presented Dr. Opoku Prempeh, the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South, as his choice.

With this announcement, the NPP expresses confidence that the Bawumia-Opoku Prempeh ticket will secure victory in December and continue to lead the country.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh, born on May 23, 1968, in Ashanti New Town, Kumasi, hails from Pakyi No. 2 in the Ashanti Region. He began his education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Primary School and continued at Prempeh College for his middle school education. He pursued studies in Human Biology and Medicine at KNUST, completing his MB CHB in 1994.

His academic journey includes postgraduate studies in Clinical Epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences and Leadership and Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also pursued postgraduate surgical training in the UK.

Before entering politics, Dr. Opoku Prempeh served as CEO of Keyedmap Security Services Limited from 2004 to 2009. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2008, known for his significant electoral victories. In 2017, he was appointed Education Minister, overseeing the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, and in President Akufo-Addo’s second term, he assumed the role of Energy Minister, which he currently holds.

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