John Mahama is the only president who became president on a silver platter.

Becoming the constitutional recognised president of Ghana is a difficult task and thus involves hard work, dedication, patience and being humble. In the fourth republic, apart from former president Jerry John Rawlings who out of fear had it very easy at the birth of Ghana’s fourth republic democracy, it is only John Dramani Mahama who had become president on a silver platter.


The former President Jerry John Rawlings ruled for 8 year from 1993 to 2000 in the democratic era. Power change from NDC to NPP at the time he had served his constitutionally mandated terms.




Former president John Agyekum Kufuor become president in 2001 after he had ran for two consecutive elections, that is 1996 and 2000. His mandate expired in 2008 and Ghanaians changed government and gave it to NDC again.



The NDC came to power in 2009 at the time Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills (late) had ran for three consecutive times. The party took years to nurtured him after he had served as Vice president. The party served the nation for 8 years and power was given back to NPP.


With the 8-year, John Mahama had an easy way to the throne in 2012 after the sorrowful incident that took the country by surprise. Per the dictates of the constitution John Dramani Mahama, the then vice president was simply became the substantive president to complete the unfinished term of the late president. Since elections was around the corner, It won him sympathy votes to become the four constitutionally elected president of Ghana. It made him the first president who had never lost a presidential election apart from J J Rawlings whose case is unique in Ghana politics.



Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo the current President of Ghana also ran for three consecutive times before he won the heart of Ghanaian electorates in 2016.
Per the history above, no president apart from flagbearer John Mahama and maybe former president Rawlings whose case is quite different, had it on a silver platter. Your name needs to become a ‘household name’ before you can be given the opportunity to serve the country as president.
Could it be that former President John Mahama’s setbacks was as a result of how easily he became had the opportunity to serve as president of Ghana?
Ghanaians witnessed many difficulties with Mahama’s government during that four years. Theses include an unprecedented dumsor. A word which can now become in an Oxford English dictionary.
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