8 biggest political stories in 2018

There were quite some big moments in politics in the year 2018.

Former President John Dramani Mahama

From President Nana Akufo-Addo reshuffling his ministers to some also resigning and the sad demise of the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon.

Below are some big moments in politics in 2018.

Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko dead

The Member of parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko, passed at the age of 60.

Born on December 10, 1957, the soft-spoken Kyeremateng Agyarko, brother of the former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Board (2001 – 2009).

Mahama announces decision to run for president again

One of the biggest political stories in 2018 was former President John Mahama’s announcement to contest in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential race.

When Mr Mahama lost his re-election bid in 2016 to then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, his family came out to say he will bow out of active politics.

 But it appears the ex-president has bow to pressure within the NDC to rescind his decision to bow out of active politics.

Martin Amidu named Special Prosecutor

Former Attorney General Martin Amidu was named as the country’s first Special Prosecutor.

His appointment took almost everyone by surprised owing to the fact he is a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He was fired from his position as Attorney General under the John Mills administration over his quest to pursue the Woyome case.

Koku contest Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary contest between Koku Anyidoho and Asiedu Nketia was one of the hotly contested position in the NDC national executive election.

Anyidoho, who wasDeputy General Secretary to Nketia, was seeking to oust his boss to become the substantive General Secretary.

In the end, he proved to be no match for Mr Asiedu Nketia as he was heavily defeated.

Boakye Agyarko resigns

Boakye Agyarko as Energy Minister had managed to bring “dumsor” under control, reduced power tariffs and other reforms in the energy sector.

He was axed from office after he revised that AMERI Power deal that generated controversy.

Otiko Djaba rejects Ambassadorial role; retires from politics

Otiko Djaba was ousted from the Gender Ministry to become Ghana’s ambassador to Italy. She, however, rejected the job, offering to retire from active politics.

According to her, she was bowing out of politics to take care of her ex-husband who has had stroke for the past six years.

Nana Akufo-Addo keeps huge size govt in first reshuffle

President Nana Akufo-Addo in August reshuffled his ‘elephant size’ government.

The reshuffle saw fifteen changes, reassignment of some ministers, a former deputy information minister taking up the substantive role. There were also cases of direct replacement of some appointees.

Freddie Blay elected NPP chairman

Mr Freddie Blay was elected chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) after he beat Stephen Ntim and Dr. Amoako Baah at the party's Koforidua conference.

The former lawmaker garnered 3,021 votes as against Ntim’s 2,515. Dr Baah managed a paltry 18 votes.

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