MasterwebNews 11/12/16 - #GhanaDecides: Like Nigeria, Corrupt Inheritor After President's Death Replaced By Aged Opponent

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] -  In an eerie form of coincident destiny, the electoral stories of Nigeria and Ghana have followed quite identical paths for the last series of transitions. The Good: Both nations had quite popular presidents who died in office. In Nigeria late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua died in office in 2010 at age 58 years and was replaced by his Vice, Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Umaru Yar'Adua had spent 3 years in office. Late Yar'Adua fought terrorists north and south and the corrupt cabal at the same time, overturning sales of state assets to the vultures by his predecessor and quelling MEND terror on the south and Boko Haram in the north within a few years. A God-fearing unifier, Nigerians across ethnic lines were quite happy with him and his performance across board. Late Yar'Aduawas and remains the only Nigerian president to fully declare his assets.

 

For Ghana, former President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills died in July of 2012 about three and a half years after being elected to office in 2009. He was 68. He was also replaced by his Vice, John Dramani Mahama. Atta Mills was well loved and respected. He is remembered for being God-fearing and his legacy of ethical leadership. Nicknamed "Asomdwee.

 

Hen" or "Prince of Peace," Professor Atta Mills was also sound in economic policies, leading Ghana to unprecedented economic growth with single-digit inflation and a stable exchange rate. 

 

The Bad

 

Inheritors of the throne, Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and John Dramani Mahama did not lead the best of regimes. Suffering and corruption were the hallmark of both's administrations. Right from his days as Vice president, scandals were Mahama's brand. One of the worst being a phone-call placed to his phone by a lady, Phaedra on a live recording set of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" show where she had bragged of her escapades and direct contact with Ghana's #2 man. Outgoing President Mahama was bogged with numerous corruption allegations also involving his flamboyant, burning-hot rides brother. Gifts given and received by him including vehicles from foreign businessmen and allegedly buying homes for election officials overseas were part of his long list.

 

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan did not fare much better. His days as President began with a name brand as the most "clueless president in the world." A title he embraced. But like Mahama, allegations of corruption were established ever before he became President and included his family members. As governor of Bayelsa, the corruption tales begun with his wife investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Committee, EFCC for several cases including the alleged laundering of $13 million. The Jonathan 5 years in office were filled with torential series and hapless cries of massive corruption to the point of calamity to the nation. Obstinately declaring that "stealing is not corruption," Goodluck Jonathan embraced his labels again and preached alternate scales that Nigerians should use to rate and appreciate his administration. Torrents of blame and monetary seizures have trailed the Jonathan family since being voted out of office.

 

Interestingly the people gave both men a chance, electing them into office as president for their go, even after both men had already been tainted. But one chance only it was.

 

And The Old

 

In 2015 Nigeria held elections with then president Goodluck Jonathan contesting for a second term as president and third term in the presidency. Former military leader Muhammadu Buhari under the APC party contested against him and won, defeating Goodluck Jonathan soundly with 2.5 million more votes. Buhari was 72 according to his official age when he became president in May of 2015. Buhari won with about 54.5% of the vote  with Jonathan at 45%.

 

With a similar margin of 54% to 44%, Mr. Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party soundly defeated the incumbent, president John Mahama to become Ghana's president-elect. A human rights lawyer, astonishingly President-elect Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo is also 72 years old!

 

Like Nigeria's Buhari who had contested three times previously and lost, "Try me" Nana was a veteran presidential rac

 
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