Wind of Change Blows
Away Ghana’s President
-As Election Commission Releases Final results
NPP Standard bearer and President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana AkofuAddo of the opposition New Patriotic Party in Ghana obtained 53.61% to win that West African nation presidential election. The incumbent John Dramani Mahama got 44.66%, being the second sitting African leader in recent weeks to lose to an opposition.
The president called his opponent to concede defeat, wishing him well in his new position.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) standard bearer had claimed victory earlier the day before.
Polling took place on Wednesday December 7. Concord Times editor, Lyndon Ponnie in Accra, Ghana reports that delay by the electoral commission to announce the final result nearly caused chaos in the country. There was uneasy calm with some citizens making threat of war if their candidate did not win.
The electoral commission cites several reasons for the delay. It invoked a 72-hour clause in the electoral law to call on Ghanaians to remain calm.
But while the NEC was slow in announcing the results, the opposition New Patriotic Party of Nana Akufu Ado announced to supporters that he had already won the polls. Addressing his supporters from his home also said his party has also won majority of parliamentary seats.
Incumbent John Bahama who remained cool for most part of the counting period, came out early yesterday morning and said whatever result that comes out of the election, Ghana has won.
Thursday, his National Democratic Congress or NDC’s Secretary General John Nketia, in a very passive press conference, said his party was leading the polls and condemned the opposition NPP for what he called making “irresponsible statement” on the ongoing counting process.
Some Ghanaians opposition in Accra had started celebrating in the streets even at the time their party leader called on them to await official NEC announcement.
EIB’s Election Hub reports confirm that the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo was in a pole position to be Ghana’s next president. The election hub says the 72-year-old had so far garnered 4,612,870 votes representing 54.13% from 214 out of the 275 constituencies.
John Mahama goes down in history as the first sitting president of Ghana to have lost an election under the Fourth Republic of the 1992 constitution.
The NPP has grabbed 111 seats in Parliament with the NDC at 59 from the results obtained.
An Akufo-Addo win in the 2016 elections is a vengeance for the NPP after Mahama beat him to the presidency following an eight-month legal tussle.
Akufo-Addo is a former Attorney General and Foreign Affairs Minister under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration and has been eyeing the presidency since 2008.
Late president John Mills beat him in that year’s election after a run off and resurfaced again in 2012 to be defeated by incumbent Mahama.
His vice president will be economist Dr. MahamuduBawumia, who was a former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana.