#GhanaDecides: John Mahama Under Pressure To Concede Defeat

By Ikenga Chronicles December 8, 2016

#GhanaDecides: John Mahama Under Pressure To Concede Defeat

Ghana opposition on Thursday, December 8 called on President John Mahama to concede defeat.

The call came as the opposition maintained that it has a strong lead in the almost concluded election that kicked of Wednesday. Figures shown on the state television and radio stations showed the opposition leading.

The incumbent’s campaign team dismissed the comments as “treasonable”.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) said its candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, had won 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 said it had not certified any results in the closely fought race to lead the West African nation that has seen a series of peaceful transfers of power.

“These are results that were declared at the polling stations. I am calling on the president to concede defeat’’ NPP campaign chief Peter Mac Manu said.

A senior official for the ruling party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, countered that Mr. 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 this country into chaos’’ he added.

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