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Ghana braces for tough political campaign season


Akufo-Addo, Mahama set to slug it out for third time

By Joseph Ojumu

Ghana is bracing for a tough political campaign season across the next few weeks and months and this is coming on the heels of the nomination by the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC of former President John Mahama as its candidate in the forthcoming 2020 presidential polls.

Mahama, who got the nod of his fellow partymen and women at the weekend, is likely to slug it out against incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo, who would presumably be standing to be re-elected on the platform of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). It would be the third squaring-off between both men.

Following upon his election in 2016, Akufo-Addo has pushed the nation on the path of basic economic growth, with GDP levels surging to between 4 and 9 percent since his coming into office.

The world’s second-largest cocoa producer and the continent’s second biggest gold producer, Ghana is also pitching at the moment to host the secretariat of the emergent African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA.

Historically, the contests between the two presently most dominant politically parties in Ghana, the NDC and the NPP, have tended to be quite fierce, with power, oscillating between both in turns.

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana

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