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John Agyekum Kufuor Turns 82 Alive, Could This Bring Victory To NPP?

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The former president of the fourth republic of Ghana from 2001 to 2009, His Excellency John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, born on December 8, 1938, Kumasi, Gold Coast then, now Ghana, God Almighty adds one year to his life.

Mr. Kufour is a Ghanaian businessman and politician who served as president of
Ghana from 2001 to 2009 on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which reformed and struggled for political power since 1992.

Mr. Kufour though born on 8th December, is spotted celebrating his birthday on 7th December instead.

Fortunately, in the year 2000 and 2004, he celebrated his birthday on the election day thus, 7th December and came out with victory.

Similarly in 2004 and 2012, he had celebration but Nana Addo who was then presidential aspirant for NPP did not win.

Meanwhile, in 2016, Mr. Kufour celebrated his birthday on the election day and fortunately Nana Addo of NPP won power. Concerns have been raised as if this year’s birthday celebration will worth the party success?

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Mr. Kufuor is 98 % a lucky man and his 82 birthday could turn things up. Mr. Kufour is the 7th of 10 children of Nana Kwadwo Agyekum, an Asante royal and Nana Ama Dapaah, a queen mother.

Kufuor was educated at Prempeh College in Kumasi and in Great Britain. He was called to the bar in 1961 at Lincoln’s Inn, London and then studied at the University of Oxford, where in 1964 he earned a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

After completing his education, Kufuor returned to Ghana and launched his
political career.

In 1967 he became chief legal officer and town clerk for the city of Kumasi. By 1969 he was a member of Parliament and deputy foreign minister in the government of Kofi Abrefa Busia.

After Busia was overthrown
in 1972, Kufuor spent several years as a businessman in the private sector.

During Ghana’s transition back to democracy in 1979, Kufuor returned to public life. He was a member of the
assembly that drafted the constitution of the third republic and he was elected to Parliament in 1979, serving as deputy minority parliamentary leader.

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After Jerry J. Rawlings overthrew the government in late 1981, Kufuor stayed on as Rawlings’s secretary for local government. He resigned less than a year later, however, expressing his disappointment with the Rawlings regime.

Kufuor spent the rest of the decade as a private citizen until Ghana returned to democratic politics in 1992.

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He helped found the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and in 1996 became the party’s
candidate for president.

Though Kufuor lost to Rawlings in the national election that year, the NPP nominated him again to stand in the December 2000 election.

Kufuor ran on a platform that emphasized improving the Ghanaian economy and
educational system and capitalized on the mood of voters who were ready for a change in leadership. Kufuor garnered the most votes in the 2000 election and became president for the first and second terms in 2005 to 2009.

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In a nuthshel, formation of NPP, Mr. Kufour is their first flag bear who won the presidential seat in the fourth republic of Ghana and Nana Akuffo Addo is the second to by privileged others.

By Alex Konlan,

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