On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Former President John Mahama formally announced his interest in running as flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
His announcement was met with varied reactions as Ghanaians have expressed mixed reactions to his potential return to power.
President Akufo-Addo may not be in the least worried about the possible threat Mahama may pose in the 2020 elections:
1. Government policies:
Since it took charge of government business about 20 months ago, the Akufo-Addo-led government has initiated policies such as the Free SHS. This may give them the golden ticket to victory in the 2020 elections.
2. He has defeated Mahama before:
President Akufo-Addo won convincingly in the 2016 elections, beating John Mahama by over 1 million votes. The president could easily convince himself that the 2016 results can be easily repeated.
3. 8 – year mandate:
Since 1992, Ghana's political system has adopted the pattern of an 8-year term for both the NDC and the NPP. The current government could therefore be planning for an 8-year term in office with President Akufo-Addo in charge.
4. Age not a factor?
President Akufo-Addo turned 74 years in March 2018. Records show that some world leaders have been in power even at advanced ages. Age, therefore, may not necessarily be an obstacle.
5. Incumbency advantage
There is always that peculiar advantage that comes with incumbency, and the NPP may use that to its advantage to retain power in the 2020 elections.
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