Nana Akufo-Addo Takes A rest

NANA AKUFO ADDOThe veteran politician, Nana Akufo-Addo, who lost his bid to overturn the 2012 presidential election results in court yesterday, has decided to take some time off politics.

“I intend to take some time out and get some rest, reflect and then announce whatever decision I would take,” he told newsmen, shortly after the declaration of the election petition result by the Supreme Court.

It is believed that he may decide to quench his presidential ambitions, having, failed to win attempts to ascend to the highest office of the land.

He first lost to the late President, John Evans Atta-Mills in 2008, and President John Dramani Mahama in  2012.
Nana Akufo-Addo, born on March 9, 1944, is the son of the President of the Second Republic, Edward Akufo-Addo.

He was Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South Constituency in the Eastern Region from 1996 to 2008, before running for president on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008.

Before being elected to Parliament in 1996, Nana Addo was the chairman of the Organising Committee of the Danquah-Busia Memorial Club and travelled throughout the country to establish branches in a grassroot style.

The various branches of the club later metamorphosed into local organs of the NPP, after the ban on party politics was lifted to usher the country into the Fourth Republic in 1992.

He was the first national organiser of the party in 1992, and also Campaign Manager of the party’s first presidential candidate, Prof. Albert Adu Boahen.

Nana Addo, in 1995, led the famous “Kume Preko” demonstration of the Alliance For Change (AFC), a broad-based political pressure group which mobilised thousands of people on the streets to protest the harsh political and economic conditions of the then government.

From 2001 to 2007, he was appointed a cabinet minister, first as an Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and then later the Foreign Affairs Minister, under the government of former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

As an Attorney-General, Nana Akufo-Addo was instrumental in the repeal of the criminal libel law which enabled the media to become one of the most vibrant in Africa.

He was fully involved in the ECOWAS peace efforts in Sierra Leone, Liberia,  Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea Bissau, and chairman of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council in 2003 when he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2007, when Ghana celebrated its Golden Jubilee, Nana Addo negotiated for the AU summit to be held in Accra as part of the Jubilee celebration.

In 2006, he chaired the meeting of the Security Council which took the decision that brought to a halt, Israel’s massive incursions into Lebanon.

He resigned from government in July 2007 to run for president in the 2008 general elections on the ticket of the NPP.
Even though he secured majority of votes in the first round of that election, Nana Addo could not be declared the winner because he failed to secure more than half of the total votes cast.

In the run-off, Nana Addo lost to the late President John Evans Atta-Mills, who secured 50.23 per cent of the total votes cast to win the election.

Nana Addo again lost the 2012 election to President John Dramani Mahama. His petition challenging the declaration of President Mahama winner of the 2012 presidential election was dismissed by the Supreme Court, yesterday. – Yaw Kyei

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