Mr Nana Addo feels President John Mahama should be limited to a tenure as was the case of former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The NPP Presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says Ghanaians should follow the footsteps of their neighbour, Nigeria in ensuring that there is a change of government after one tenure in office.
According to him, “Nigeria showed the way last year…we hope this will turn out into a lesson Ghanaians can learn from our neighbours that change is sometimes needed after just one full term”.
It is worthy to point out that this year’s election is one with very high stakes, after which records will certainly be made and broken.
If the NDC eventually wins the polls, the NPP will be consigned to a record of 12 long years in opposition. On the other hand, a record of 12-year mandate will be marked for the NDC since 1992 when the country returned to democratic rule.
Also, a loss for the NDC will make President John Mahama the first president to lose re-election bid. Although his party has been in government for eight years, the President would just be done with a tenure in office.
We would recall, that then Vice President John Mahama became president after President John Atta Mills died in July 2012, barely four moths to the election. Mr. Mahama won the following election and continued in office as the president.
It is in this light that the NPP Presidential candidate Akufo-Addo told a conference that Ghana’s recent political background is similar to Nigeria’s situation.
In Nigeria, Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan also became President after his boss, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, died 5 May 2010.
Also, just as Nigeria’s incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari was a three-term presidential aspirant, Mr Nana Addo hopes that Ghanaians would do for him, what Nigerians did for Buhari, and do to Mahama, what they did to Jonathan.
Speaking further, Nana Addo advised that what they, the NPP have to do in the present situation is to “mobilize majority of Ghanaians to ensure that there is no automatic second term for a non-performing government”.
Buttressing his points, Akufo-Addo explained that there is enough evidence in Ghana’s social and economic livelihood to justify the need for Ghanaians to limit President John Mahama to one-term in office.
He said that under President Mahama’s leadership, Ghana’s story is a tale of widespread despondency, low real wages, collapsed businesses and unemployment.
According to him, Ghana has also degenerated into a by-word for corruption. The current situation according to the NPP leader has created what he referred to as “anxious moods” which according to research are signals that point towards the end of democratic governments.
He further argued that it was this anxious mood that preceded the demise of the Goodluck Jonathan administration in April 2015.
Making mention of the NDC’s ‘Green Book’, Mr Nana Addo described it as a compilation of artistic impressions of non-existent projects as well as projects initiated by the NPP when it was in power between 2001 to 2008.
Be that as it may, we are expecting that the NPP’s call for change will certainly get louder as the elections draws nearer. We’ll all wait and see who takes over the mantle after all the sweat.