Past flag bearers of the npp

Victor Owusu

Victor OwusuEarly life

Victor trained as a lawyer. He was a prominent member of the National Liberation Movement which stood for the 1956 elections in the Gold Coast prior to elections.[1] During the First Republic, he was detained under the Preventive Detention Act (1958) by the Kwame Nkrumah government. He was released after the February 24, 1966 coup d'├ętat which brought in the military National Liberation Council (NLC) government. He was appointed Attorney General and Minister for Justice by the NLC.



In Government

He was a member of the Progress Party that won the 1969 elections[2]. Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia appointed him foreign minister twice in the Second Republic. The first was in 1969 and the second was between 1969 and 1971. On both occasions, he took over the portfolio from Patrick Dankwa Anin who also served twice.[3] The Second Republic came to an end with theJanuary 13, 1972 coup led by General (then Colonel) I.K. Acheampong.

Leader of the opposition

Victor Owusu was a founding member and leader of the Popular Front Party in the Third Republic. He was the runner-up to Dr. Hilla Limann of the People's National Party (PFP) in the 1979 Ghanaian presidential elections with 38% of the votes after the second round of voting.[4] After the election, the PFP merged with other opposition parties to form the All People's Party(AFP) under the leadership of Victor Owusu.[5] The AFP, along with other political parties, were banned after the December 31, 1981 coup by the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings.



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