Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

President of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has hinted that he is ready to hand over power to whoever wins in the next elections.

According to him, he will not change the constitution of the country to suit his personal interest, which in other countries led to political violence, and in some cases, military takeover.

He believed the two (2) he has had from the people of Ghana is enough for him to contribute his quota towards the development of the country.

President Akufo-Addo is in his 2nd term stated that he shall not attempt to adjust the period Ghanaians have given him, hoping that this will convince other heads of state to follow suit in doing same.

“As president of the Republic of Ghana and current Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, I pledge to continue to respect the tenets of the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance”, he said.

“I will not make or cause to be made, any substantial modification to electoral laws in the last six months before the next election. I will respect the two-term limit for the exercise of Presidential authority as stipulated in the constitution of the Republic of Ghana. I will hand over power to the next elected president on 7th January 2025, and I will rally my fellow ECOWAS Heads of State to [make a similar) pledge”, Mr. Akufo-Addo added.

Many political observers have attributed the failure of democracy in Africa the desire of democratically elected African leaders extend their stay in power.

The recent coups in Guinea and Mali were driven by widespread public disaffection with democratically elected leaders who had overstayed their welcome, according to Idayat Hassan, executive director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development.

“The failure of democracy to deliver development to the people has pushed Africans to welcome coups d’état,” she said.

The coups reflected “a creeping sense that elections, and by association democracy, are not delivering on the promise nor do they reflect on the will of the people”, said Ayisha Osori, ex-head of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.

In Guinea, Condé had tarnished his reputation as a life-long opposition leader and enemy of tyrants by cramming through a constitutional change that allowed him to run for, and win, a third term in March. Six months later, he was ousted by a group of soldiers claiming the mantle of tribune of the people.

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