Akufo-Addo polled 5,716,026 of votes representing 53.85 percent against his fiercest rival and incumbent President, John Dramani Mahama’s 4,731,277 votes.
The son of a former President of Ghana (ceremonial 1969 – 1972), he was born in Accra some seventy-two years ago in Nima, a surburb of Accra. He started his education at the the Government Boys School, Adabraka – Accra, and later at the Rowe Road School, now known as Kinbu Secondary Technical School also in Accra.
Before then, he had relocated to France where he practiced law for about five years. In 1975, he returned to Ghana to pursue his legal career with a private firm before co-founding a law firm; Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. He is named in Ghana’s history as championing the cause of human rights, rule of law and justice in the country in the 1980s.
Akufo Addo entered mainstream politics serving as the General Secretary of the People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ) that sought to champion the freedom and rights of Ghanaians. He is credited with working to restore multiparty democratic rule in Ghana in 1979 through a campaign against a referendum for a one-party military-led State.
In 1991, he was the chairman of the Organising Committee of the Danquah-Busia Memorial Club; dedicated to the preservation of the memory and ideals of the two great advocates of Ghanaian democracy, J. B. Danquah and K.A. Busia, Prime Minister of the Progress Party government of the 2nd Republic of Ghana. The clubs, established across the country subsequently became the branches for the now New Patriotic Party.
In 1992 when Ghana held its first democratic elections, he was named the first national organiser of the NPP and, later that year, campaign manager of the party’s first presidential candidate, Prof. Albert Adu Boahen. His interest in establishing further promoting his views on demoracy in Ghana saw him establish and fund The Statesman newspaper.
In 2008, he made an attempt at ascending the Presidential seat in Ghana but lost to the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) John Evans Atta-Mills. His second attempt against John Mahama of the NDC after the demise of John Evans Mills was unsuccessful.
Although he disputed the results of the elections in the Supreme Court, the results were upheld. He however won the elections with some 53.85% of valid votes cast in the December 2016 polls against President John Mahama’s 44.40% when the latter sought reelection for a second term in office.