Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wins Ghana’s 2016 presidential election
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has won the 2016 presidential election to become president-elect of the Republic of Ghana.
The former foreign minister secured a stunning victory over his National Democratic Congress (NDC) rival and incumbent president, John Mahama, in an election that involved 15 million voters.
In a press conference held at about 8:47 pm on Friday, the Electoral Commission chairperson, Madam Charlotte Osei, declared Akufo-Addo the president-elect of Ghana.
“On the basis of the foregoing figures and by the power vested in my as the Electoral Commissioner of and the Returning Officer of the presidential election, it is my duty and privileged to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana,” she said.
Akufo-Addo, who was contesting his third straight presidential election, secured 5,716,026 votes, representing 53.85 percent, to beat Mahama, who managed 4,713,277 votes, which formed 44.40 per cent of the votes.
The ruling president John Dramani Mahama few minutes ago called the newly elected president ,Nana Addo to conceed defeat.
Hundreds of thousands of NPP supporters immediately took to the streets in wild jubilation as soon as news broke that Mahama had made the concession.
There was deafening blaring of cars and vuvuzelas of the streets of Accra, Kumasi and other major cities, as the charge millions of Ghanaians had sought desperately for eight years finally came home.
It marked a remarkable turn of fate for Akufo-Addo who had been viciously demonised and threatened with political retirement by surrogates of Mahama during the course of what was a brutal two-year campaign.
Five other candidates in the elections had earlier called to congratulate the 72-year-old on his victory. (He has, in turn, pledged to work with them to make Ghana a better place.)
His decisive victory represents a spectacular repudiation of the so-called transformational policies of Mahama in the last four years.
The NPP leader, who ran on a mantra of change, has pledged to tackle corruption and undertake a massive industrial transformation of the economy.
He has specifically pledged to build a factory in every constituency in Ghana as well as a dam in every Ghanaian village to boost agriculture.
He has also vowed to tackle unemployment and improve the general well-being of every Ghanaian.
Akufo-Addo will now be sworn in as the fifth president in the fourth republic on January 7, 2017.
He will have the opportunity to form a government and try to deliver the change he promised the Ghanaian people.
Portion of this write-up culled from yen news.