Speaking at the second Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum in Accra, Akufo-Addo pledged to hand over power to whoever will be elected president in the 2024 election in Ghana to set an example to leaders in the sub-region.
“As President of the Republic of Ghana and current chair of the authority of the ECOWAS States and Government, I pledge to continue to respect the tenets of ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance.”
He said, “I will not make a course to make any substantial modification to the electoral laws in the last six months before the next elections. I will respect the two-term limits for the exercise of presidential authority as stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”
Akufo-Addo added, “I will not be an impediment to the conduct of free and fair, transparent elections. I will hand over power to the next elected president on 7 January 2025 and I will rally my fellow ECOWAS heads of state to take the pledge and support them as they continue to work towards democracy and good governance in their respective countries.”
The forum is Africa’s biggest forum that addresses contemporary peace and security issues on the continent
The two-day programme, which is being jointly organised by KAIPTC and the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva, is on the theme: ‘Democracy and Governance in the Context of Complex Crises in Africa’.
It is the biggest gathering of leaders from the continent in memory of the late Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, who was a fiery advocate of peace and security across the globe.
Mr Annan, who led the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, had an understanding of peace founded on a holistic vision of societies based on good governance, democracy, and human rights, especially in Africa.
Over the years, KAIPTC, which was named after him, works to promote peace and security across the continent.
Six African former presidents and two former prime ministers are participating in the two-day forum.
They are Ghana’s two former presidents, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama; former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; former president Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone’, former president Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria; and Niger’s former president Mahamadou Issoufou.