Just like any president who has served a term in office, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sought to be retained again in power for the next 4 years.
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His quest to retain power for the next four years led to the chanting of the mantra, 4more4Nana by supporters of the New Patriotic Party.
YEN.com.gh in view of this, look at some six top reasons why Ghanaians gave president Akufo-Addo the four more years he required from them in order to do more.
1. Less criticisms due to COVID-19
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, most political critiques shifted their focus to how the president was going to manage the situation instead of criticising some decisions and policies of the New Patriotic Party and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The absence of these criticisms definitely gave Ghanaians room to think of voting for the incumbent president due to his management of the coronavirus pandemic.
2. Results fair
One of the many things that played in the favor of the NPP, were the various result fairs they organised on the various sectors.
An outstanding one was that of the one which was held on infrastructure.
Bawumia revealed that the NPP initiated 17,334 infrastructural projects out of which it has completed 8,746 with the remaining 8,588 still underway.
He also revealed that the Akufo-Addo led government has so far completed 16 health projects it inherited from the erstwhile Mahama government.
Ghanaians probably chose to give him a chance due to what he had achieved so far as highlighted in the various result fairs organised.
3. Social Interventions
The COVID-19 lockdown saw many social intervention programmes introduced by the Akufo-Addo government.
Ranging from free palliatives like food to the Ghanaians who as a result of the lockdown could not work to feed, to the utility bills the government subsidized.
President Akufo-Addo during his several addresses to the state, mentioned that water was going to be free for a period of three months. He however, extended up until the end of the year.
Also electricity for the line line users was free as those who consumed the electricity in large quantities were made to pay just 50% of the amount of electricity they consumed.
Other social media interventions that were introduced by Akufo-Addo is the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) which provided employment to a lot of unemployed graduates.
This was a big push factor for v oters .
4. Economic growth under the NPP
The Centre for African Economic Watch (CAEW), an African economic research group stated that the management of the Cedi exchange rate by the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the second best in the country since the 4th Republic which started in 1992.
For the last NDC government under the leadership of John Dramani Mahama, the report was not complimentary of the government’s exchange rate management record.
The Cedi reportedly depreciated at a faster rate under the last NDC government, with an annual average depreciation rate of 18%, which remains the third highest Cedi depreciation rate in the 4th Republic.
Due to how well the economy performed under both administrations, Ghanaians decided to give Akufo-Addo four more years.
5. Free SHS
The fulfilment of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) flagship Free Senior High School(SHS) programme was one of the main reasons why Ghanaians turned up in their numbers to vote for president Akufo-Addo.
For most families in the rural communities especially, who could not afford to send their wards to the second cycle institutions after their basic education, that burden had been taken off.
Over the last 3 years, basic school leavers have had the opportunity to continue to the secondary school without any anxiety whatsoever as to whether or not their parents would be able to pay for them.
The initiative was a win for the NPP as most people including beneficiaries of this initiative turned up in their numbers to vote the NPP to stay in power.
6. Unpopular opposition
Another reason Ghanaians chose to give Nana Addo a win in the upcoming December polls is the unpopular opposition candidate.
Ghanaians felt the need to grant the president a full 8-year to continue his good work, instead of giving the opportunity to Mahama who was once a president.
Fortunately for the NPP and Nana Addo, the NDC did not present another candidate who would have given Ghanaians a different option to choose from.
In a similar report, former president, John Dramani Mahama, sought to be reelected into office in the December 7, 2020 general election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
YEN.com.gh has taken a look at five top factors that could play in the favour of the former president and see him back in office in January 2020.
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Source: Yen News