- NDC presidential hopeful, Joshua Alabi says Ghana is not ready to have 30-year-olds a president
- Mr. Alabi’s statement disputes calls for the review of constitutional age limits for Ghanaians who wish to contest the high office of the presidency
One of the main contenders for the flagbearership of National Democratic Congress(NDC), Joshua Alabi has said Ghana cannot afford to have a young person as president.
According to the former vice chancellor of the University of Professional studies (UPSA) now Opoku Ampomah University of Professional studies told Accra based Starr FM that Ghana isn’t yet at the level where can be left in the hands of younger ones.
“We still have not gotten to the level where we can leave the country in the hands of the younger ones. They have to be groomed. I don’t think I am too old to serve the country. In this country, we believe that 60 years is enough to serve a country but it is different in other parts of the world.”
Mr. Alabi’s statement disputes calls for the review or removal of constitutional age limits for Ghanaians who wish to contest the high office of the presidency.
Under the Fourth Republic, the average age of the presidents when they began their terms has been 59.
Jerry John Rawlings was 45 when he was elected President in 1992.
His successor, John Kufuor, was 61 when he became President in 2001 after the first civilian change of power.
He was followed by John Atta Mills, who was 64, John Mahama who was 54 and the current President, Nana Akufo-Addo, who was 72 years of age, the oldest of the lot.
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