In the next 3 years, eligible Ghanaian voters out of the 30.8 million citizens will match to the polls again to exercise their franchise to elect the 6th President of the Republic of Ghana. Is the next president of Ghana going to be a new face or one of the old faces that Ghanaians are used to? As the two major political parties strive to do their homework very well to await the general elections, some 4 names keep popping up and seems to be tipped as favourite candidates to be the flagbearers of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) being the biggest opposition party.
In this article, I will throw more light on these 4 people. When done reading, kindly tell us your views by commenting, follow me for updates and share with friends.
1. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
The Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, born on 7th October 1963, is an astute Ghanaian economist, banker and politician. He was the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana until he was appointed running mate to H.E Nana Akuffo Addo in 2008. Dr Bawumiah seems to have been in the limelight already and known to the Ghanaian populace but the biggest question is: “Are Ghanaians ready for a Muslim to lead the nation as president since Christians form the majority of Ghana’s population?” The outspoken and energetic 58-year-old Bawumia who seems to always be at the neck of former President Mahama to tease him and battle him intellectually in debates is hopeful to continue on the ticket of the NPP when Akuffo Addo bows out of politics and retires during the next general election.
2. John Dramani Mahama
The 63-year-old former president, John Dramani Mahama still looks youthful and seemed to have a lot of energy to take up the hectic task of the presidency and is warming up his campaign message to come back to power. He was the former vice president to the Attah Mills administration before becoming president during the demise of the late president. Mahama has been in the political scene far back in 1996 when he was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi. Mahama's coming back into power if elected again will add another meaning to Ghana’s political election as the only former president who lost the election, went into opposition and came back to win. His Presbyterian Christian background may appeal to the Christians who form the majority to gather many votes.
3. Allan John Kwadwo Kyeremanteng (Allan Cash)
The race for the New Patriotic Party’s presidential nomination seems to be heating up as the rich politician and twice defeated presidential aspirant seems to be gathering more momentum. Allan, who is the current trade and industries minister came into the limelight long ago and was known as Allan Cash during the Presidential Nomination Election on the ticket of the NPP but lost twice. Is he going to lose again or his third appearance is the time of the Lord's favour? Well, Ghanaians will decide.
4. Dr. Akoto Owusu Afriyie
The Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr Akoto Owusu Afriyie is eyeing the presidency and gathering all efforts to reach his presidential ambition. He holds an M.Sc. and PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Cambridge, England. He has worked as a consultant, a CEO and as an economist to many international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. Are his feet well grounded into the political system enough to lead the NPP into victory? Ghanaians will decide!
The 8 Years Trend of Being In Power In Ghana
Though other names are yet to crop up in the NPP and NDC, politicians have to take note of the trend of elections in Ghana and fine-tune their campaign messages and strategies very well. That is, after being in power for 8 years, power changes hands to the biggest opposition party at the time. This trend seems to favour the NDC who are cashing in on the recent mess in the economy to be loud and indirectly launch their campaign message. Former President Mahama has already declared the 2024 election as a “Do or Die Affair” cashing in on the current issues arising in the NPP administration coupled with the 8 years trend in mind.
If NPP wins, it is another history in Ghana to continue being in power beyond 8 years of your first and second term of office and if power changes hands to the NDC too, that is another history altogether in Ghana for a former president to lose elections and come back after 8 years to snatch power from the ruling party. Well, Ghana will decide on who becomes the next president of Ghana.
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