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Ghana votes on December 7 – Meet the 7 presidential candidates

Ghana votes on December 7 – Meet the 7 presidential candidates


<p>Ghana’s incumbent president, John Dramani Mahama is seeking reelection after winning the last elections in 2012. He will come up against six other candidates in the race to secure a second four-year term.</p> <p>The 54-year-old Mahama is flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (<span class="caps">NDC</span>). Among the six other contenders are Nana Addo Danquah of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (<span class="caps">NPP</span>), a former first lady, three others and an independent presidential aspirant.</p> <p>As part of our coverage of the elections, Africanews presents a profile for each of the seven candidates aiming to win Ghana’s seventh presidential poll since the coming into force of the fourth republic in 1992.</p> <h2>John Dramani Mahama – <span class="caps">NDC</span></h2> <p>President Mahama, 54, leads the National Democratic Congress (<span class="caps">NDC</span>) which has won four out of Ghana’s six previous polls. </p> <p>As vice-president, he was ‘promoted’ to President following the death of the then president, John Evans Atta Mills in 2012 with barely months to the elections. The party unanimously fielded him and he eventually won the vote.</p> <p>The last four years is his official first term and he is gunning for a second term – the law allows for only two terms. Mahama, a graduate of the University of Ghana, has served in different political capacities including as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bole, located in the country’s north.</p> <p>He has also served as deputy minister in the first <span class="caps">NDC</span> government and rose to substantive minister at some point. He is married to Mrs Lordina Mahama.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/31027231640/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana Votes JD Mahama"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5619/31027231640_961d074d43_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana Votes JD Mahama"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2>Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo – <span class="caps">NPP</span></h2> <p>The 72-year-old Akufo Addo, leader of the New Patriotic Party (<span class="caps">NPP</span>) is Mahama’s main contender. He is hoping to be third time lucky. He participated in the last two elections, losing in 2008 to the Late John Mills and then to the incumbent in 2012.</p> <p>The trained lawyer has been at the forefront of Ghana’s return to democracy having participated in some of the famous protests and mass action against the military government of Jerry John Rawlings in the late eighties and early nineties.</p> <p>He has also served in ministerial capacities – he was Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs at some point in the <span class="caps">NPP</span> government led by John Agyekum Kuffuor from between 2000 – 2008</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/31360011386/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana Votes NADA Addo"><img src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5598/31360011386_6c022ecc14_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana Votes NADA Addo"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2>Dr Paa Kwesi Ndoum – <span class="caps">PPP</span></h2> <p>Ndoum, 63, is a seasoned politician but also an astute business man known for his investments in the hospitality, the finance and sports circles. He is founder of the Patriotic People’s Party (<span class="caps">PPP</span>).</p> <p>Ndoum is also a former MP under the Convention Peoples Party (<span class="caps">CPP</span>) the party he left to form the <span class="caps">PPP</span>. He also served as a minister of state under the <span class="caps">NPP</span> government.</p> <p>This is not his first shot at the presidency, he contested on the ticket of the <span class="caps">CPP</span> in 2008 and on the ticket of the <span class="caps">PPP</span> in 2012. Like Nana Akuffo Addo, this is his third attempt despite hardly garnering 2% in the last two elections.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/30588970063/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana Votes Ndoum PK"><img src="https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5346/30588970063_06583be0ac_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana Votes Ndoum PK"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2>Ivor Kobina Greenstreet – <span class="caps">CPP</span></h2> <p>Ivor Kobina Greenstreet is candidate of Ghana’s oldest existing party, the Convention Peoples Party (<span class="caps">CPP</span>). The <span class="caps">CPP</span> was founded by the first president of the land, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.</p> <p>In an earlier Africanews story, we described him as a <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2016/11/12/ghana-s-unique-presidential-aspirant/" target="_blank">unique aspirant</a> because the trained lawyer has a physical impairment which he has not allowed to hamper his political pursuits.</p> <p>He worked his way up the political ladder within the <span class="caps">CPP</span>. He served as a spokesperson of the party at some point before being elected as the General Secretary, incidentally he beat Nkrumah’s daughter to secure the bid to represent the party on the presidential ballot paper.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/31027231790/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana Votes IK Greenstreet"><img src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5584/31027231790_5afe42bf28_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana Votes IK Greenstreet"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2>Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings – <span class="caps">NDP</span></h2> <p>Nana Konadu, aged 68, is the only female in the current race, she leads the National Democratic Party (<span class="caps">NDP</span>) a break away faction of the ruling <span class="caps">NDC</span>. Before joining the <span class="caps">NDP</span>, she was a Vice Chairman in the ruling party.</p> <p>She is also a former first lady of the country. Her husband, Jerry John Rawlings ruled Ghana for almost two decades, first as a military ruler with the Provisional National Defense Council (<span class="caps">PNDC</span>) before overseeing Ghana’s transition to democracy in 1992.</p> <p>Konadu over the period that her husband served as president (1992 – 2000) and even the period after has been a strong champion of women and children’s affairs. She is president of the 31st December Women’s Movement. </p> <p>31st December was the day her husband staged his second successful coup leading to the establishment of the <span class="caps">PNDC</span> regime.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/31360011106/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana votes NKA Rawlings"><img src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5559/31360011106_a5862d0fbd_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana votes NKA Rawlings"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2>Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama – <span class="caps">PNC</span></h2> <p>Dr Mahama, a trained physician, is a veteran presidential aspirant, this is his fifth attempt at securing the presidency on the ticket of one of Ghana’s traditional parties, the People’s National Convention (<span class="caps">PNC</span>).</p> <p>With his presence on the ballot, he is on record to have contested against every president that Ghana has had. He stood against Jerry Rawlings in 1996. He came up against John Kufuor in 2000 and 2004, he contested Mills in 2008 and is up against John Mahama this year.</p> <p>His party’s candidate, Dr Hilla Limann, was the last president in the third republic. Rawlings overthrew Limann. Mahama will be looking to rekindle the spirit of Limann to annex the topmost political seat in the west African country.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/30574914844/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana Voted Dr EN Mahama"><img src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5532/30574914844_df3e5b210f_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana Voted Dr EN Mahama"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2>Jacob Osei Yeboah – Independent Candidate</h2> <p>Jacob Osei Yeboah 44 years old (28 October, 1968), is a trained engineer, he is also an entrepreneur and a philanthropist gunning for the top political seat in Ghana.</p> <p>Jacob holds an <span class="caps">MBA</span> from Warwick University, UK with Masters in Global Supply Chain Management from Mannheim University, Germany. He is married to Hilda Osei Yeboah (Mrs.) in 1996, with four (4) children, Jacobel, Janice, Jeremy and Jeffrey. </p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/31360011536/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ghana Votes JO Yeboah"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5473/31360011536_1f36494f61_b.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" alt="Ghana Votes JO Yeboah"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/tag/ghana/" target="_blank">Click here to follow our news coverage on Ghana</a></h3>
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