Crowds of jubilant supporters gathered outside the house of the 72-year-old New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, on Friday night as he was declared winner of Ghana’s Presidential Election that day, defeating President John Dramani Mahama.
The jubilation spread across the streets of Accra and beyond yesterday as President Mahama conceded defeat to the former Foreign Affairs Minister and leader of the main opposition, who was making his third bid for the top job.
Electoral umpire, Osei, said Akufo-Addo defeated President Mahama by 53.8 percent to 44.4 percent.
“It is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana,” she told a news conference in the capital, Accra, on Friday.
Prior to Osei’s announcement, Akufo-Addo said on Twitter that Mahama called him “congratulating me on winning the 2016 presidential election”.
“I make this solemn pledge to you tonight: I will not let you down.I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations,” Akufo-Addo told supporters in front of his residence.
Al Jazeera quoted the president-elect as saying, “The expectations they have of me, that I’m gonna bring them a new government, a new style; a government of honesty, a government that is concerned about the welfare of our people – that basic commitment is the one I am determined to fulfill.”