Ghana: Akufo-Addo Swears Into Office for Second Term Amidst Tight Security

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Ghana, Accra//-Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s President for the second term amidst tight security deployment in the nation’s capital city of Accra.

Mr Akufo-Addo who has just been sworn in office was declared the winner of the 7th December Presidential and Parliamentary elections. But the Presidential candidate of the oppositional National Democratic Congress (NDC) former President John Dramani Mahama is challenging his election at the Supreme Court.

Mr Akufo-Addo is serving his second term as President, having served his first four-year term between January 2016 and January 2021.

Taking the presidential oath of office and oath of allegiance, Nana Akufo Addo said: “I will be faithful and true to the Republic of Ghana. I will at all times preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Ghana.”

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has also been sworn in as Vice President of Ghana.

President Akufo-Addo won the election with 51.3 percent of the votes while the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Candidate, John Dramani Mahama followed with 47.7 percent of the valid votes cast.

The NDC has however failed to accept the results, attributing its decision to alleged malfeasance in the polls.

Mr. Mahama has filed an election petition seeking among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

The petition seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”