Nana Akufo-Addo to take sometime off politics
‘I will take sometime out of the hurly-burly of politics..[and] rest’, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced, after losing out on a crucial Supreme Court ruling that could have sent him to the Flagstaff House as president.
He made this announcement at his Nima residence in Accra in the presence of several dejected supporters.
This announcement comes after a nine member panel of Supreme Court justices dismissed a petition brought by three stalwarts of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who alleged fraud during the 2012 presidential elections.
They wanted the Court to unseat John Mahama, flagbearer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the winner according to a declaration by the Electoral Commission.
This bid was unsuccessful. In his concession speech, Nana Addo, saddened by the verdict, congratulated John Mahama who has now been confirmed twice as President. The 2012 NPP flagbearer thanked his Vice-Presidential candidate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for doing a yeoman’s job.
Nana Addo said despite the verdict, the petition will change the manner in which elections are organized in the country. He also thanked his ‘beautiful’ wife, Rebecca.
He informed anxious supporters about his political future.
“I am sure there are many people wondering what I envisage for my political future. I intend to take some time out of the hurly burly of politics, get some rest, reflect and then announce whatever decision I come to in the not too distant future.’
This is the NPP man’s second attempt at the presidency after losing to the late President Evans Atta Mills in 2008 and John Mahama in 2012.
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