New President of Ghana- Nana Akuffo Addo
Friday 6th January, 2017.
If there exist any trophy around the world for the most slandered politician in Ghana, the most
deserved Ghanaian politician who will have properly qualified for that particular award in no doubt will have been the 2016 elected president of the republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Nana, as he is affectionately called
has been involved in the political struggle of Ghana since the early 70’s.
He joined the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice in the late 1970s, an organization formed to oppose the General Acheampong-led Supreme Military Council's Union
Government proposals. In May 1995, he was among a broad group of elites who formed Alliance for Change, an alliance that organized demonstrations against neo-liberal policies such as the introduction of Value Added Tax and human rights violations of the Rawlings
In October 1998, Nana Akufo-Addo competed for the presidential candidacy of the NPP and lost to John Kufuor, the man who eventually won the December 2000 presidential election and assumed office as President of Ghana.
In January 2001,
Akufo-Addo was the chief campaigner for candidate Kufuor in the 2000 election and became the first Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Kufuor era before he was later moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NEPAD.
In 2007, the former
Attorney-General and Foreign Affairs Minister Won his party presidential primaries and represented the party in the 2008 closely contested election against John Atta Mills of the NDC.
In the first round of voting, Akufo-Addo tallied 49.13%, with Atta
Mills leading ` with a slim margin that was below the constitutional threshold of 50% to become the outright winner.
A presidential run-off saw the late Atta mills winning the election with over 50% of the votes cast.
Akufo-Addo again contested
and won as the NPP’s presidential candidate in the 2012 national elections against major rival NDC's John Mahama, successor of Akufo-Addo's previous rival, the late Atta Mills. Mahama was delcared the winner of the election, an outcome that was legally
challenged by Akufo-Addo. The court case generated considerable controversy, and was finally decided by the Ghana’s Supreme Court in a narrow 5/4 decision in favour of Mahama.
Akufo-Addo accepted the verdict in the interest of economic stability
and international goodwill.
In March 2014, Akufo-Addo for the fourth time announced his decision to seek his party’s nomination for the time ahead of the 2016 election. In the NPP primary conducted in October 2014, he was declared victor with
94.35% of the votes.
Does his political history sound like a fighter who never gives up? , yes, that is the man who convincingly won the 2016 elections with over 53 percent of the votes, rendering the incumbent NDC perplex.
But the road
to the presidency was not that rosy for the 73 year old Nana Akuffo Addo, as compared to his main contender John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
Political observers and analyst will agree with me that Nana Akuffo Addo since his political
activism in the late 1970 up till date has been called all sorts of names, with the most unsubstantiated wild allegations tagged to his name.
This was the man who was labeled as an anti- development agent when he organised one of the most patronised
protest against the neo-liberal policies such as the introduction of Value Added Tax and human rights violations of the Rawlings presidency at a time the living standard of Ghanaians was nothing to write about. This resulted to the death of some protesters.
Some members of his own party labeled him as tribalistic due to his lineage to the Akyem land, when he contested in 1998 with then John Kuffuor in the party presidential primaries which eventually saw the election of Kufuor as the party flagbearer. The
Akyem-Akan faction propaganda that was used against him within his own party metamorphosed into something big, which was later used by the NDC as a propagandist message against the personality of Nana Addo in his entire political contest. The aim of that message
was simple, he was a divisionist, something that haunted his political career for over a decade , until being able to prove to Ghanaians that , “He is not who they say he is”.
The allegations did not end there, when the NPP won
the 2000 elections, Nana Akuffo Addo was appointed as the then Attorney General and Minister of Justice by president Kuffuor , a role he played so well without vilifications from the then opposition National Democratic Congress .
He was tagged
as arrogant, a political witch hunter due to his ministry role in prosecuting corrupt past government officials.
He was later appointed as minister of foreign affairs under the same Kufuor administration, and was again accused by the opposition as a
cocaine dealer. He was accused of issuing diplomatic passports to drug dealers without any shred of evidence. The allegations were not over, as he was also being accused of using drugs user himself.
These unproven allegations and countless others concocted
mostly by the National Democratic Congress almost became synonymous to the personality of the man Nana Akuffo Addo due to the consistency level by which members of the NDC ascribed these allegations to him on daily basis on both the print
and electronic media across the country.
These countless allegations i believe may have prolong the presidency agenda of Nana Akuffo Addo for about a decade, until he was able to prove to Ghanaians that, all were but a political propaganda.
One thing I learnt about the man Nana Addo was that, he was a man of patients and a man of consistency who go after what he believes in despites the obstacles ahead.
As the NPP flagbearer for the 2008, 2012 elections, he was again accused of
being a fake lawyer without proper certification, after he served home and abroad as an astute barrister for many years. He was even challenged to produce his law certificate.
His 2012 political comment “All die be die”, was overturned
by the NDC propagandist to mean he is a war monger, a very violent person who will rip Ghana of its peace when elected as president. A propagandist massages which was cleverly spun by the NDC to his disadvantage.
But in all, the man Akuffo Addo remained
silent and focus to his long-time dream of leading Ghana one day.
I believe if you were to be in the shoes of Nana Addo, you would have given up your long-time dream of leading your country, but that did not deter him, he kept on going.
issue which almost broke the camel’s back has to do with the indefinite suspension of the National chairman and General Secretary of the NPP, over what the party national disciplinary committee termed as Afoko's and Kwabena inability to effectively
manage internal party wrangling’s which engulfed the party after the party national executive elections.
This brought huge division and internal fighting within the party, just less than a year to the polls.
Nana Akuffo Addo was again accused
by the ruling NDC as the mastermind behind the suspension of both the national chairman and the party General Secretary and the numerous violence that characterised the party at the time.
These incidences somehow seemed to have solidified the long twisted
NDC propaganda that Nana Addo is a violent person, intolerant and a divisionist.
Even some party bigwigs within his own party tagged him with those names including the infamous Paul Afako.
This became a big political message for the incumbent
NDC with its flagbearer John Dramani Mahama.
The recorded violence and division in the party over the suspension of the two elected national executives painted a bleak political future for Nana Addo and the NPP.
Political analyst started painting
a gloomy political future for the NPP and its candidate.
So call prophets and men of God in Ghana were heard saying, “Nana Akuffo is cursed and can never be a president of Ghana”.
This also became a huge campaing message for the NDC.
The way and manner Nana Addo handled the issue of the suspension and the general confusion that rocked the party made me realised that, leaders must be firm and resolute in the face of adversaries.
The NPP manage to unite its ranks and file before
the elections. It also developed one of the most attractive programmes and policies to transform Ghana, a message which was easily bought by large section of Ghanaians.
No wonder Ghanaians looks beyond what has been said about Nana and his personality,
but endorsed him convincingly in the 2016 elections.
When the NDC realised that, Nana Akuffo Addo has been able to purge himself from all those vilification, they tried a different approach.
They started attacking how old he is as compared to
the NDC “most energetic commander” John Dramani Mahama.
One thing remains clear. Nana Akuffo Addo remained focused despite all the verbal persecution. And on 7th January, 2017, he will be sworn in as the 5th president
of the fourth republic of Ghana, a dream has come true for the 73 year old Nana Akuffo Addo.
His initial appointments and comments so far points to the fact that, he may be one of Ghana’s greatest president to have occupied the flagstaff house.
Did I hear the seat of Government is now Golden Jubilee House? Hmmm! Ghana.
Friday 6th January, 2017.