By Adenike Lucas
Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as the fifth president of the fourth republic of Ghana on Saturday, in a ceremony witnessed by other African leaders.
At the inauguration, the 72 year-old who defeated John Dramani Mahama in the December elections, on his third attempt at being president, promised to “protect and defend” Ghana’s Constitution.
Mr Akufo-Addo who contested under the New Patriotic Party, NPP, also hopes to build new factories in the country.
In a tweet, he declared that Ghana was “open, for business again.”
The new Ghanian president contested on the platform of change, similar to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari, who attended the inauguration with other heads of state, said he was “glad to be there to witness a peaceful transition of power.”
He commended “President @JDMahama for his maturity and statesmanship
“Ghana has once again set a great example,” he added.
The people of Gambia also elected a new president, Adama Barrow, during the week of Mr Akuffo-Addo’s election.
Although, the incumbent President, Yahaya Jammeh had first conceded defeat, he went on to annul and recant his decision on national television.
President Buhari with other leaders of the Economic Community of West African State, ECOWAS, paid a visit to Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday, 13, December, 2016, to see that President Jammeh respect “his country’s Constitution, and to maintain the inviolability of the electoral process.”
But, President Jammeh remains adamant tay in power after the expiration of his tenure on January 19, 2017.
A decision is to be made by ECOWAS leaders in Ghana today, whether to push Alhaji Jammeh out.