Hundreds of Ghanaians poured onto the streets Friday night in a spontaneous outpouring of joy as President John Mahama’s four-year rule ended, ecstatically welcoming a new political era.
Minutes after it was announced that New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo had pulled off a landslide victory and that Mahama had conceded defeat, impromptu street parties broke out across the capital, Accra and the Kumasi, the stronghold of Akufo-Addo.
Young men and women piled on top of cars, taking selfies while others waved the red, white and blue colour of the New Patriotic Party. A hundred horns honked in unison.
Nana Addo polled over 5, 716,026 million votes to beat the incumbent president John Dramani Mahama who had over 4, 713,277 million votes.
” On the basis of the foregoing figures to and the power vested as the chairperson of the electoral commission and the returning officer of the presidential elections It is my duty and privilege to declare Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as the president-elect of the republic of Ghana.” Charlotte Osei told the country.