Ghana’s opposition party is calling on President Mahama to concede defeat due to the considerable lead gained by the opposition in recent polls.
Ghana’s opposition party, The New Patriotic Party (NPP), said that Nana Akufo-Addo – their candidate – has won 52 percent of the vote, against President Mahama’s 44.8 percent, according to their tally of the vote.
President Mahama’s party has dismissed the comment, calling it “treasonable”. Ghana’s Electoral Commission is yet to certify the results, despites results from TV and radio stations showing an opposition lead.
“These are results that were declared at the polling stations … I am calling on the president to concede defeat,” said NPP campaign chief Peter Mac Manu.
A senior official at the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, asked the supporters of the incumbent president to remain undeterred, while dismissing the opposition’s comments as treasonable and irresponsible.
“The results are still trickling in and the call and declaration by the NPP is irresponsible and treasonable because it can throw this country into chaos.”
The west African nation, which is one of Africa’s most stable democracies, has always had a peaceful transition of power. Since 2000, incumbent presidents have been kicked out of the office twice by the voters.
Akufo-Addo, the son of the 72-year-old son of former chief justice and ceremonial President Edward Akufo-Addo, who had lost the previous two elections which he contested in, might have his win this time.
Akufo-Addo promises to provide free high school education in Ghana, as well as creating a factory in each of Ghana’s 216 districts – a plan that he believes will kick off the industrialisation of Ghana.