- Ghanaian pollster, Ben Ephson say President Nana Addo has made it clear that he is not going to run for reelection in the 2020 general elections
- The journalist noted that Nana Addo's commitment to galamsey would make him lose over a million votes in the next elections
- The NPP government have been cracking the whip on galamsey and other artisanal mining activities since they took power from the NDC
The Managing Editor of the Dispatch Newspaper, Ben Ephson says President Akufo-Addo has made such a critical crackdown on illegal mining activities that he might not be able to recover from.
According to the fame Ghanaian pollster, Nana Addo's fight against galamsey is a strong indication that the President’s presidency will only last a single term.
Mr. Ephson believes the president’s remarks is proof that he won’t be running for 2020 polls.
"I’ve always had that conviction that some of the things he does he will want to leave a legacy. He has nurtured this dream of becoming a President for a long time. He’d fought for this position all his life", Ephson said of Ghana's current president.
"Nana Addo is a seasoned politician and if truly he wanted to go for two terms, his galamsey fight would have come during his second term where he would be bowing out", he opined.
"Take it or leave it, those that this galamsey fight is affecting will be in excess of one million in terms of those who do it and others. And from all indications, maybe he will want to leave a legacy in our political history that he stopped the phenomenon under his regime. His actions paint a picture he is leaving the scene shortly.”
The Akufo-Addo led administration has become infamous for their no-nonsense when it comes to ending the activities of illegal mining across the country.
The administration since assuming office in January has embarked on a rigorous exercise to stop the menace.
At a press conference held on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo dwelled on his administration’s commitment to fight illegal mining, insisting he is not afraid going to the very latter to stop the menace.
“First of all, it is not clear that my name will be on the ballot paper for 2020 and if I will contest, this threat will not stop me from fighting galamsey in the country,” he revealed.
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