Politics Powerful and untouchable people in and around Akufo-Addo's government

Every government has politicians called the 'untouchables.' Find out who are the most powerful and untouchable under President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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Since the Fourth Republic, some people who serve in government or associate with government have been described as untouchable due to the enormous power and influence they have on the President.

Under the Jerry John Rawlings administration, Tsatsu Tsikata, who was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Authority was said to be untouchable and extremely influential.

Under the John Kufour administration figures such as Kwadwo Mpiani, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng and Richard Anane were very powerful.

Under the John Mills administration, Koku Anyidoho, who was the Director of Communications at the Flagstaff House, was said to be one of the most powerful men around the President. Others included, Yaw Boateng Djan and Hanna Tetteh.

Under the John Mahama administration, Stan Dogbe, Omane Boamah, Kofi Adams, Hannah Tetteh, Ibrahim Mahama and Randy Abby were said to be some of the powerful politicians around the president.

The current Nana Akufo-Addo administration also has some powerful people who are said to be powerful and untouchable.

1. Kennedy Agyapong

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The Member of Parliament for Assin Central is reportedly one of the most powerful politician in the New Patriotic Party administration.

The controversial politician is not an appointee of the President but has control on how the country is govern. He is accused of bullying state agencies for contracts as well as the 'Commander-in-Chief' of vigilante groups who are associated with the ruling government.

Kennedy Agyapong's populism has endeared him to the hearts and soul of the NPP activists, which makes him untouchable despite bringing the name of the NPP and the government into disrepute on multiple occassions.

He is on record to have dared the National Security Minister as well as instigating the removal of the then CID boss, Bright Oduro.

2. Yaw Osafo Marfo

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From the Eastern Region and a relative of the President, the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo, is said to be very influential in government.

He coordinates the economic sectors of the economy as a Senior Minister but has often been accused of usurping the authority of the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

3. Gloria Akuffo


Gloria Akuffo was President Akufo-Addo's deputy when he was the Attorney General in the Kufuor administration. She is considered as one of the heavy weight politicians around the President.

4. Asante Bediatuo

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He is a cousin and Executive Secretary of the President. He is accused of making appointments without the consent of the president.

5. Gabby Asare Otchere Darko

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Gabby Asare Otchere Darko has been one of the influential persons around the President. NPP activists call him the 'Shadow President' due to his closeness with President Akufo-Addo.

He has been publicly accused of manipulating the president and ordering ministers of state about.

6. Oboshie Sai Coffie


Oboshie Sai Coffie has been described as one of the finest politicians around the President. She is considered heavy among the 'kitchen cabinet' of President Akufo-Addo.

She was a  former Deputy Chief of Staff and a former Minister in-charge of Tourism under the Kufuor administration.

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