Sikanku: Bawumia’s role in 2012 election petition contributed to Africa’s democratic growth

Some analsyts have described the 2012 election petition hearing as the platform that projected Bawumia as a force in Ghanaian politics

A political science lecturer at the University of Media, Arts and Communication, Professor Etse Sikanku has said the role of Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia in the 2012 election petition has contributed significantly to the democratic growth of Africa.

Some analysts have described the 2012 election petition hearing as the platform that projected Bawumia as a force in Ghanaian politics due to his dexterity as the New Patriotic Party’s star witness in the case.

Though the NPP lost, his performance served as a fertile ground for the advancement of his standing with the Ghanaian public as Bawumia displayed his eloquence, intelligence, analytical mind and skills, and complete mastery of debate in the full glare of Ghanaians on national television.

Speaking on his book titled “Dr Bawumia and the Modern Vice Presidency in Ghana” Sikanku said the election petition was the moment Bawumia endeared himself to NPP supporters and Ghanaians at large.

“It was a very pivotal moment in terms of our democratic growth because we became an example for a lot of nations. In Kenya, if you realise, they cited us copiously in their own election petition.

“And it became such an example for the rest of the World, even Nigeria had their own version. So Ghana once again becomes a shining example for African growth and democracy that we can solve our political differences not through the barrel of gun or cutlasses or walking on the street and destroying properties but through a battle in the law court.”

“And so that was a good advertisement for Ghanaian democracy, and guess who was at the centre of that particular illuminating part of our history? It was Dr Bawumia, ” Sikanku said.

Listen to Professor Etse Sikanku in the attached audio clip below:

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AboutDr Bawumia and the Modern Vice Presidency in Ghana

The book uses Dr Bawumia as a case study to explore the evolving role and significance of the vice presidency in Ghana.

The book details Dr. Bawumia’s contributions to political discourse, his influence on key policy decisions, and the implementation of numerous impactful programs.

It presents an in-depth analysis of how Dr Bawumia has effectively utilised the vice presidency to drive significant change and development in various sectors, including digital transformation, economic policy, and social interventions.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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