Hassan Ayariga is a Ghanaian accountant, entrepreneur and politician. He is the founder of the (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), in 2016. The Electoral Commission of Ghana handed the party a provisional certificate after he met the requisite requirements, and it has since been granted a final certificate.