Hassan Ayariga is a Ghanaian accountant, entrepreneur and politician. He is the founder of the All People's Congress (APC) and was the candidate of the People's National Convention for the December 2012 presidential election.
His father, Frank Abdulai Ayariga, was a member of parliament for the Bawku Constituency during the third republic administration of Hilla Limann and his mother Anatu Ayariga, a business woman.
His younger brother Mahama Ayariga is Minister for Youth and Sports (2015) as well as Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress.
In the presidential primaries of the PNC for the 2016 general election, Ayariga lost to Edward Mahama, whom he had beaten to become presidential candidate in 2012. Citing anomalies and cheating, he left the party to form a new party, the All People’s Congress (APC). The Electoral Commission of Ghana handed the party a provisional certificate after he met the requisite requirements.
Hassan spent his childhood in Accra and Bawku. He later moved to Nigeria with his parents after the overthrow of the Limann Administration. He attended Ghana Secondary School and then Barewa College in Zaria when he moved with his family to Nigeria. He later gained admission to the London School of Accountancy where he studied accounting. Then to the Atlantic International University in Honolulu Hawaii.
Hassan Ayariga lived and worked in Germany for many years and has business interests in both Ghana and Germany. He is very fluent in German as well as English. He is married with five children.