Following the forthcoming general elections, President Akufo-Addo has stated that he is confident he will cede control to a New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate in 2025.
According to reports, the president said those things at the NPP’s last rally before the eagerly awaited by-election in the Kumawu Constituency of the Ashanti Region.
The pro-government Daily Guide’s front-page headline on its edition of May 22 read, “I’ll hand over power to NPP – Nana.”
By making this statement, Akufo-Addo is implying that the NPP will win the 2024 election and so ‘break the 8’, a phrase that the party invented in order to achieve its historic goal of winning a third consecutive term in office under the present constitution.
The president’s last mention of passing the reins to a successor came during a prayer and thanksgiving session at the National Mosque in Accra following the party’s National Leadership elections.
Bryan Acheampong, the minister of agriculture, recently made headlines when he asserted that the NPP would never cede power to the NDC and warned that if they attempted any stupidity, the party will equal the main opposition.
Voters will select a replacement for Philip Atta Basoah, who passed away on March 27th while still serving his third consecutive term as a member of parliament.
Ernest Yaw Anim represents the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and Kwasi Amankwaa is running for the NDC. Two independent contenders with the last name Kwaku Duah are also running.
The previous week has seen a flurry of political activity in Kumawu as prominent members of the NDC and NPP held rallies there to solicit support for the open seat.
The EC has said that it is prepared for Tuesday’s vote.