Ghana’s economy is able to withstand the shocks of the COVID-19 crisis, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said on Saturday, as the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) acclaimed him as the presidential candidate for the December polls.
He said despite the “abysmal” state the economy was when he took office in 2017, his government had worked hard to achieve a remarkable improvement on the fortunes of the economy over the past three years.
The president said this when NPP acclaimed him as the presidential candidate for the December polls.
“We did not plan for this unthinkable crisis, but we did prepare our economy well for tougher times, and we can build it together for you the Ghanaians people when this is all over,” he said.
The acclamation of Akufo-Addo as the party’s presidential candidate took place at a special national council meeting of the party.
At the close of nominations last month, the president remained the sole candidate seeking to contest in the party’s 2020 presidential primaries.
According to the NPP constitution, where there is a sole candidate for the presidential primaries, the party should acclaim that candidate at its congress as the presidential candidate.
Since the party could not hold its congress, due to the persistent spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the onus fell on the national council to perform the acclamation.
After his acclamation, the president, in turn, announced Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia as his running mate for the December 7 polls.