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A few days after Ghana president Nana Akufo Addo  won Ghanaians mandate to rule them for a 2nd 4-year term,millions of NDC suppprters are still at a loss why their poster boy and former ptesident John Mahama lost an election he was poised to winning after a 4-yr hiatus from the osu castle-seat of the Ghanaian government.They are still reeling from the outcome of the election which showed so much promise in edging out President Akufo Addo after 4 years.According to the Ghana Ellectoral Commission,the NPP candidate defeated his NDC rival by 51.59 percent as against 47.36percent.

In this piece,celebrityplus highlights 5 key factors that contributed to Ex-president,Mahama,s failed return.

CALL FOR CONTINUITY

Just like his mantra in the first win 4yeats ago,it was a call to change from  Nana Àkufo Addo who described John Mahama as the most incompetent in the history pf Ghana while reminding Ghanaians not to bring back the locust years.Nana took his campaign of change everywhere in Ghana promising the youths with job,better education and a free Ghana.

VOTER APATHY IN VOLTA REGION

Like a de-ja-vu,John Mahama was struck a deadly blow by voters in the volta region,its biggest voters base,a reminder of the same catastrophe 4years ago which led to his loss.Over the years,the NDC had always recorded its victory from this region until 4 years ago when the NPP upturned it.However the NDC”s attempt to wrestle the region back failed again.It is generally believed that voltarians have not forgiven Mahama for tje treatment they got from him during his first term despite voting for him massively then.Its a simple case of once bitten,twice shy.

THE ETHNIC CARD FIASCO

President Mahama’s attempt to play the ethnic card failed woefully this time around unlike in his first win in 2012.This time around,Nana Addo’s party NPP garnered an impressive percentage of votes from the region and cut Mahama’s chances in no small measure.Nana Addo is from the Central region and he won overwhelmingly at the December 7 votes.Also the traditional powerhouse of the NPP,the Ashanti region stuck with the party while the NDC could only make tiny in-roads.

Pres.NANA ADDO’S ECONOMIC PROGRAMME

John Mahama was unlucky to have come into the contest at a time Ghana economy has improved tremendously under Pres.Nana Akufo Addo.Ghanaians neloeve it was Mahama’s wrong policies at the time that Akufo Addo fixed for 4 years and were willing to support him again for a socond term in office to finish off what he started.Under Mahama,the Ghana cedis witnessed its biggest slide and inflation rate skyrocketed.All of that culminated in the sharp drop of approval rating for the returnee Mahama and his eventual loss to Akufo Addo.

FEAR OF RETURN OF DUMSOR(POWER PROBLEM)

Another issue that prevented Mahama from realising his comeback dream is the incessant power problem (Dumsor)that rocked his first tetm in office.Before Mahama came into office in 2012,Ghana had never experienced power problem in almost 2 decades.However,Ghanaians were incessantly thrown into darkness during his time and his inability to tackle the issue got millions of nerve on the edge.As a result,so many businesses collapsed.Not a few Ghanaians held this against him and the fear it could repeat itself,if voted, played well on their minds.The opposition launched onto this and based a key part of their campaign on it.

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Fidelity Bank MD Onyeali-Ikpe Makes Outstanding African Women List

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First female Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, has made the list of 110 ‘Outstanding Women in Africa’ for the year 2022.

 

The ‘Outstanding Women in Africa’ report is developed by the New Africa Magazine, a strong believer in the culture of recognition for both men and women who have been shaping the vision and progress of the African continent.

 

Some others picked for the special recognition are Hon. Joyce Hilda Banda, Fmr. President of Malawi, Hon. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President of Liberia; Jamila Sedqi, First Moroccan Female Judge at the UN Administrative Tribunal, and Pastor Faith Oyedepo, Wife of the Founder, Winners’ Church, Worldwide.

 

A statement by the magazine publisher, Gift Chidima Nnamoko Orairu, said “in Africa, one needed extra hard work, dedication and focus to succeed.

 

“In addition to the so many factors affecting women progress on the continent at the political and socioeconomic level; a great number of women have been silenced with violence, hate, discrimination, and isolation.

 

“However, these Pan African women have never been silent, and have led important revolutions for democracy, freedom and social justice.

 

“They have gone on to write their names on the sands of time; breaking old records and setting new standards, smashing barriers and dictating the pace.”

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Winner Of 61st First Bank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship Gets listed in The World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)

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L-R Kayode Oguntayo, Director, Concierge Sports Limited; Taiwo Okeowo, Deputy Managing Director, FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited; Dr. Anthony Oboh, Golf Captain, Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938; Olusegun Alebiosu, Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited presenting the trophy to Emmanuel Ojeabulu, winner of the 61st Lagos Open Golf Championship; Nkoli Moka, Lady Captain, Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938; Akinwumi Akintola, Vice Chairman, Ikoyi Club 1938 and Ibukun Obatoyinbo; Director, Concierge Sports Limited at the prize presentation and awards dinner of the 61st FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship held recently at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Emmanuel Ojeabulu, winner of the 61st FirstBank Lagos Open Golf Championship has been listed in the WAGR.

 

The premier golf championship which held from 18 – 20th November at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 was keenly contested by over 190 low handicap players from several golf clubs in the country.

 

Benin based Emmanuel Ojeabulu won the 3-day championship.

Playing three-shots off the pace going into the last 18-holes, Ojeabulu played one of the best golf of his life, maintaining steady pars for a closing 74, 3-over the course par to win the World Amateur Golf Ranking recognized event by two shots.

Ojeabulu started his game with an opening 75, a second day score of 78 and a closing 74 to replace Ilorin based Aminu Kadir, the tournament defending champion on the winners list.

Overnight leader, 20-year-old product of David Mark Golf Academy, George Paul who was tipped to win the tournament collapsed under pressure closing with an unimpressive 79 to lose by two-shots.

 

In the third position is Muyideen Olaitan, three-time winner of the coveted FirstBank Lagos Open trophy while Iyare Osaze was further down on the winners chart by one-shot, leaving perennial contender, Olajide Owolabi, who shot tournaments best score of 72 on day two of the competition in the fifth position.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, sponsors of the annual Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship has pledged its commitment to the continuous sponsorship of the tournament which is one of the longest running golf tournaments in Nigeria.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 61st edition of the tournament in Lagos on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan who was represented by Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Mr. Olusegun Alebiosu said “This year made it 61 years of our undiluted commitment to this cause, and we are absolutely delighted with the amazing support and partnership we have enjoyed from Ikoyi Club 1938 thus contributing to building a legacy not only for golf and golfers, but sports in its entirety.

 

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