President Akufo-Addo has officially thrown his hat in the 2020 election ring by filing nominations to contest as flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party.
The President formalised his bid by presenting his completed nomination forms to the leadership of the party moments after his state of the nation address in Parliament on Thursday.
Since the President was the only person to have picked and filed nominations to run as the party’s flagbearer ahead of the 2020 polls, he will be acclaimed at the NPP’s national congress, as convention would have it.
This will set up the third, and possibly, final competition between the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his opponent on the other side, the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama as to who wins the 2020 Presidential polls.
Both would have served as president for one full term at the time of the 2020 polls and will be seeking a second shot at the Presidency. Though John Mahama has officially served one full term as president, he has cumulatively served as president of the land for at least six(6) years following the passing of John Evans Atta Mills.
Nana Akufo-Addo in 2012 lost the presidential elections to John Mahama amid a myriad of controversies including vote buying and allegations of election rigging. The situation compelled the then NPP candidate to resort to the Supreme court with an election petition.
After a rather long and exhaustive process, the Supreme Court upheld the declaration by the Electoral Commission but made a number of significant recommendations for the conduct of elections in Ghana.
In 2016 however, the NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made a strong comeback and dealt a heavy blow to the NDC’s John Mahama by handing him the worst defeat to have been suffered by any incumbent President in the history of the fourth republic.
President Akufo-Addo had a resounding mandate by polling 5,755,758 representing 53.7% of total votes cast as against John Mahama’s 4,771,188 representing 44.4% of total votes cast.