7 January 2017
Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will be sworn in today, Saturday, January 7, 2017 after beating incumbent, John Mahama in last month’s election.
The 72-year-old former human rights lawyer is son of the country’s former ceremonial president, Edward Akufo-Addo and a close relative of two other founding fathers of the West African country, JB Danquah and William Ofor-Ata.
Vice President-elect, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana. The 53 years old is the son of late Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, former Chairman of Ghana’s Council of State (1992–2000). He served as a Consultant to the Economic Commission of Africa between February and March 2009 and between April and October 2009.
Both will take the oath of office at a ceremony in Independence Square in central Accra before more than 6,000 guests and members of the public.
About 11 African presidents including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari are expected at the ceremony.
Ghanaian Statemen like former Presidents, John Jerry Rawlings and John Kuffour with former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan are also expected to attend.
Incumbent President John Mahama in a farewell address on December 31 encouraged Ghanaians to support the administration of Akufo-Addo.
“I stand here today, Mr. Speaker, holding the baton of leadership prepared to pass it on with pride, goodwill and determination to Nana Akufo-Addo,”
Standing as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo defeated National Democratic Congress’ John Dramani Mahama on December 7, 2016, on his third attempt to reach the post.
His campaign was dominated by the country’s faltering economy, decay in infrastructure and a promise of free high school education which critics have questioned the viability.
Nana Akufo-Addo served Ghana as the Attorney General and then as Foreign Minister in the John Kufuor-led NPP government from 2000 to 2008.
Today’s transition is seen as reinforcing Ghana’s reputation for the peaceful transfer of power between administrations.
Ghana has been a multi-party democracy since the end of military rule in 1992. Since 1992, the ruling party has handed over to the opposition twice (2000 and 2008) and this is the third time.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.