Concede Defeat! Opposition Party Tells President Mahama

By Nelson Omonu

Ghana’s main opposition party claimed that it has a strong lead in the elections and has called on President John Mahama to concede defeat in comments dismissed as “treasonable” by the incumbent’s campaign team.

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) said its candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won at least 52 per cent of the vote according to its own tally of Wednesday’s presidential poll, against 44.8 per cent for Mahama.

The electoral commission has not yet certified any results in the closely fought race to lead the West African nation that have seen series of peaceful transfers of power. But figures shown by television and radio stations showed the opposition making gains in both Presidential and Parliamentary races.

“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 for the ruling party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, counteredthat Mahama was “comfortably ahead” and asked his supporters to remain calm.
“The results are still trickling in and the call and declaration by the NPP is irresponsible and treasonable because it can throw thiscountry into chaos,” he added.
The winner of Wednesday’s election will serve a four-year term in a formerly booming country that has seen its economy sputter, currency deteriorate and inflation soar.
An exporter of gold, cocoa and oil, Ghana was once hailed as a regional growth model but has now taken on too much debt.
There are seven candidates battling for the top job and if the smaller parties perform well and deny either man a majority, a presidentialrun-off will be held later in December.
Mahama, 58, is running for a second term, with Akufo-Addo, 72, making his third – and likely last – bid for the highest office. Leaving nothing to chance on the last day of campaigning Monday, Mahama held three rallies in the major swing regions of Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti and Greater Accra.

Mahama’s final rally was full of supporters wearing white – a sign of victory – banging cowbells, dancing and posing for selfies.


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