John Dramani Mahama is a Ghanaian politician who served as President of Ghana from 24th July 2012 to 7th January 2017.
He previously served as Vice President of Ghana from January 2009 to July 2012 and took office as president on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills.
John Dramani Mahama was born on November 29, 1958 (62 years) in Damongo, Ghana.
John Mahama Political Life
In 1996 he was elected to Parliament under the banner of the National Democratic Congress (NDC); he was reelected in 2000 and 2004.
As a member of Parliament, he held several posts, including Minister of Communications (1998–2001), before being chosen as the vice-presidential candidate on the NDC ticket in 2008 with John Evans Atta Mills. Mills won the December 2008 presidential election, and he and Mahama were inaugurated on January 7, 2009.
After the unexpected death of Mills on July 24, 2012, Mahama was elevated to the presidency, just months before the end of Mills’s term.
The NDC selected Mahama to be their candidate in the December 7, 2012, election, in which he competed against seven other candidates. He was announced the winner, with 50.7 percent of the vote; by taking more than 50 percent.
But On 9 December 2016, John Mahama was defeated by the main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, to whom he conceded defeat earlier that day. Mahama polled 44.4% of the valid votes cast compared to Akufo-Addo’s 53.5%.
The former President is currently contesting the Election 2020 to become the President again from January 7 2021.