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General News of Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Akufo-Addo won’t contest 2020 polls - Alhaji Bature

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would not be contesting the 2020 polls, editor of the Al Hajj Newspaper, Alhaji Bature Iddrissu has said.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo became President on his third attempt at the presidency. He failed to win the 2008 and 2012 elections.

In 2016, he polled 53.85 percent of the valid votes cast to become Ghana’s fifth president under the fourth Republic.

President Mahama, who ran on the ticket of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), secured 44.40 of valid votes cast.

President Mahama’s defeat makes him the first incumbent to lose an election since Ghana returned to multi-party democracy in 1992.

It is expected that the President who is only four months into his presidency would be contesting the 2020 polls on the ticket of the NPP once more to complete his two terms. President Mahama is also tipped to stage a comeback to seek a second term.

Alhaji Bature speaking on Adom TV’s Badwam Tuesday however said he is privy to information that President Akufo-Addo would not be contesting the 2020 polls.

According to him, the President would be bowing out of politics after his first term and would not want to go through another hectic campaign.

“Mark my words, Nana Addo would not contest the 2020 elections…today is 11th April, 2017 and I am saying this…Nana Addo would not contest 2020 polls…,” he said repeatedly on the show.

Alhaji Bature however could not offer a reason on why the President would not want to seek a re-election after his first term.

He however insisted that the former President is the favourite to contest the 2020 polls on the ticket of the NDC arguing that the former head of state has an impressive record of achievements.

Ghanaian voters, Alhaji Bature added would be clamouring for the return of the man who successfully moved from Assemblyman to President.