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The candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December 7, 2020, presidential election in Ghana, John Mahama, has warned against stealing the mandate of the electorates.
Mahama who is a former President of Ghana during a press conference on Tuesday warned said he has neither conceded defeat nor congratulated any of the contenders for the position following the country’s eighth consecutive election since the return to democracy.
The election marked the third time incumbent Akufo-Addo vied an election with his predecessor, Mahama. Mahama had defeated Akufo-Addo in 2012 while Akudo-Addo emerged the winner in 2016.
Speaking on the election on Tuesday, Mahama said, “I thank the people of Ghana for what has been an exciting election. I want to state firmly and categorically that I have not congratulated anybody. And no attempt should be made to steal this election; we will resist it.
“The Ghanaian people want a change in this country. Ghanaians are tired of Akufo-Addo and his government.
“We thank the electorate for giving us a working majority in parliament. 140 seats is a majority. And no attempt should be made to subvert the will of the people.
“I have looked at the results so far and I am confident of the outcomes.”
The NDC candidate also accused Akufo-Addo of ‘undemocratic’ practices. According to him, the incumbent has been using “the military to overturn results”.
Akufo-Addo has, however, not issued a statement since the election on Monday as he anticipates the declaration of result by the Electoral Commission.
The electoral body while disclosing that result of the poll would be released any moment from now, asked for calm.
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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