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Politics of Friday, 7 December 2018


2020 Elections: NPP winning by 1m votes – Akufo-Addo

The current President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is optimistic of a high landslide of victory for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 election.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Anyaa LA school complex as part of his tour of the Greater Accra Region, he said, “I will ask for your continuous support for my party and for my government, for it is that support that strengthens me in the work I am doing.

“[For] the one million difference in 2016, we are going to increase it on the basis of the work that I am doing… All those who said that I would not be able or I could not fulfill my promises, I hope that one by one, they are seeing that they were wrong.”

The debate about whether Akufo-Addo will seek reelection surfaced after the president told Journalists at the Jubilee House last year that he may not be on the ballot in 2020.

The President had been commenting on threats by a group of illegal miners that they will vote him out in the next election because of his unwavering campaign against destructive illegal mining activities.

Akufo-Addo said the illegal miners need not worry because he may not even be on the ballot in the next election.

“I’ve been told there are young men who have said they voted for me and if I continue down this way they can be sure that they will not vote for me again in 2020.

“Well, the 2020 vote; it’s not clear if Akufo-Addo’s name will be on the ballot in the first place and even if his name is on the ballot, this is not going to be the reason why I’ll stop, I’m going to continue,” the President had said.

Others, especially members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have cited the President’s age, 74, as a basis for urging him to step down.

However, since then, top government spokespersons have consistently sought to suggest that the President will be on the 2020 ballot.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor, said in August last year he is eagerly anticipating a victory for the NPP in 2020, with President Nana Akufo-Addo declared the winner of the presidential polls.

Former Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, also stated that President Akufo-Addo will run for the 2020 presidential elections if he is in good health.