Akufo-Addo’s age may affect 2nd-term bid, destabilize NPP in 2020 – EIU

Akufo-Addo’s age may affect 2nd-term bid, destabilize NPP in 2020 – EIU

-An EIU report has said President Nana Akufo-Addo's chances of second term could be threatened by his age

-The report further suggested that the president's old age may cause infighting in the NPP

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's age may become an obstacle to his chances of a second term, a study by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) suggests.

Akufo-Addo's age

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Ghana's next presidential elections is expected to come off in 2020 when President Akufo-Addo will be 76 years old, but the EIU report has said his age may trigger strong calls from members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for him to stand down.

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The calls for him to step down, the report predicted, could lead to infighting in the party that is likely to affect the political fortunes of the NPP at the polls.

But for the challenges President Akufo-Addo's old age may cause, the NPP would record another victory over the National Democratic Congress (NDC), it added.

The EIU of UK is known for such predictions. In 2016, it predicted victory in the general elections for the NPP. It also forecasted the depreciation of the Cedi in 2017.

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Reacting to the EIU report, National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Sammy Awuku said the party has welcomed the report and will work on the findings.

He however disagreed with parts of the report which suggested the NPP will struggle to fulfill the promises it made in 2016.

We are determined to fulfill all our campaign promises [and] our major commitment to fighting unemployment remains number one on our agenda,” he stated on Joy FM's Top Story on Wednesday.

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But commenting on the report on the same show, the National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams, said the NPP will lose the 2020 polls because of allegations of corruption in the government.

Will Ghanaians vote for a government that is so corrupt? The answer is No,” he retorted, adding the NDC was preparing itself for victory.

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