Akuffo-Addo, Edward

President Edward Akuffo-Addo

in office:31.8.1970-13.1.1972

Even another lawyer in the office of the President of Ghana, Edward Akuffo-Addo, did not survive in office for more than 2 years. But while his predecessor, Nii Amaa Ollennu was a planned departure, Edward Akuffo-Addo's tenure as President ended involuntarily.

Akuffo-Addo had been active in politics essentially since the Second World War. Together with Kwame Nkrumah, he founded the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) party while still in the British colony of Gold Coast.

Akuffo-Addo was a lawyer, and not exactly a bad one. As such, he was appointed Nkrumah to the position of Supreme Court Justice, which he held between 1962 and 1964. His sense of justice, however, robbed him of that office-at the trial of the alleged Nkrumah bombers, he found some of them not guilty and openly described some of the evidence as forgeries. Nkrumah was subsequently removed from his post.

He only resumed his advocacy work in 1966 after the fall of Nkrumah. From 1966-1970 he was a kind of "chief justice" in the NLC regime and, in addition, he still held the posts of Chairman of the Constitution Commission (which formed the Second Republican Constitution introduced in 1969) and Head of the NLC Political Commission from 1966-1968.

Akuffo-Addo was selected as a representative figure for the post of President, and his position was indeed only representative. The real power lay with the Prime Minister, Dr. Kofi Abrefi Busia.

After the military coup by Colonel Acheamphongo, Akuffo-Addo retreated into seclusion. He died of natural causes on July 16, 1979.

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