Campaigning Winds Up In Ghana Ahead Of Monday Election

Supporters wave party flags during the final day of campaigning at James Town in Accra, on December 5, 2020. PHOTO: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

Deafening vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections.

Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the West African nation’s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President Nana Akufo-Addo, 76, and former head of state John Mahama.

The city centre was plastered with billboards and posters and flags at every corner.

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Akufo-Addo, running for a second term, drove through the shanty town of Nima, making whistle stops to acknowledge mammoth crowds clad in T-shirts of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“It’s a done deal. It’s clear. The crowd says it all. Four more (years) for Nana,” a party supporter, Dauda Faisal, told AFP.

Defying all COVID-19 protocols -– with just a handful wearing face masks — the ecstatic crowd waved miniature flags as the president headed towards the rally grounds where he was due to address supporters.

Opposition leader John Mahama meanwhile kicked off his final day of campaigning by meeting local chiefs and labour union leaders, assuring them of more jobs if he won the December 7 election.

Mahama, 62, who has been campaigning hard for months, was expected later in the evening at a rally organised by his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

More than 17 million people are registered to vote in the nation’s eighth poll since it returned to democracy nearly 30 years ago.

This is the third time that Akufo-Addo and Mahama are running against each other, and the race is expected to be very close.

Results could be announced within 24 hours after the polls close.

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Ghana’s Opposition Candidate Akufo-Addo Wins Presidential Election

nana-akufo-addoOpposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won Ghana’s national election, becoming president-elect at the third attempt and cementing the country’s reputation as a standard bearer of democracy in the West African region.

Akufo-Addo defeated President John Mahama by 53.8 per cent to 44.4 per cent, electoral commissioner Charlotte Osei said late on Friday, sparking scenes of celebration in the capital Accra.

Supporters of his New Patriotic Party (NPP) cheered, danced and set off fireworks following an anxious day in which his victory had been broadly accepted but there were no official results.

“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 a jubilant crowd in the garden of his residence.

Akufo-Addo, 72, served as foreign minister and attorney general in the NPP government that ruled between 2001 and 2009 and twice previously lost close battles for the presidency.

Reuters reports that President Mahama called him to offer congratulations just before Osei’s statement and later he addressed his supporters.

 

Ghana Elections: Polls To Open After Peace Pact

Ghana Elections: Polls To Open After Peace Pact Ghanaian citizens are going to the polls on December 7, 2016, to elect a new president, after all seven candidates in the election pledged to keep the process peaceful.

The leading candidates are incumbent President John Mahama and former Foreign Minister Nana Akufo-Addo.

The polls are expected to close later on Wednesday, while official results are to be announced within three days.

The candidates had signed a peace pact last week vowing to follow electoral rules.

However, clashes broke out on Monday in Chereponi, a small northern town on the border with Togo, leaving six people in a critical condition as a result.

Buhari, Mahama Agree To Strengthen Bilateral Relations And Improve Regional Security

buhari and mahamaPresident Muhammadu Buhari and his Ghanaian counterpart on Monday agreed to strengthen bilateral relations and improve regional security. 

The two Presidents entered the agreements during a closed door meeting after which the press was briefed on issues discussed.

Top on the list was the reformation of the military and  on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric card, which would make trading between Ghana and Nigeria much easier.

President Buhari gave the assurance that he will compose his cabinet during a joint press conference with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana.

“After I was sworn-in, I said I will have my cabinet in September. I expect that Nigerians should ask me questions after the 30th of September if I do not do so,” President Buhari said.

The President arrived Ghana at approximately 10am at the Kotoka International Airport where he inspected a Guard of Honour.

Remarkable Progress

President Buhari also told reporters that the Nigerian military, in close collaboration with the Multi-National Joint Task Force, has recorded remarkable progress in the fight against Boko Haram.

“The first thing I did after I came into office was to reorganize the military and clear orders were given to them in terms of retraining, re-equipping and redeployment of troops.

“In the northeast, the military is gaining ground and Boko Haram has been limited to the Sambisa forest.

“Internally Displaced Persons are gradually moving back home and they are being reintegrated into their respective communities,” President Buhari said.

I Have Declared My Assets Four Times

The President affirmed that it was a constitutional requirement that all public office holders in Nigeria should declare their assets before and after their term in office.

“I recall that in 1975 when late Murtala Mohammed became the Head of State, we were lined up – governors, ministers, members of the Supreme Military Council. Officials of Ministry of Justice were brought and every individual was made to declare his assets.

“All Heads of States and Government, governors, ministers, permanent secretaries have to declare their assets because it is a constitutional requirement.

“I have declared my assets four times. When I was governor in 1975, I declared. After being Minister of Petroleum and as a member of Supreme Military Council, I declared. When I was Head of State and now as a President, I have also declared” he said.

The Ghanaian President added that both leaders also agreed to encourage closer cooperation between the intelligence and anti-graft agencies of both countries.

He thanked President Buhari for his visit and assured him of Ghana’s support and cooperation with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

Buhari To Meet With Ghanaian President On Regional Security

Muhammadu-Buhari-NigeriaPresidentPresident Muhammadu Buhari will be paying a one-day official visit to Accra, the Ghanaian capital on Monday, where he will hold talks with his counterpart, President John Mahama.

The two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations, regional security, trade and other issues of common interest to Nigeria and Ghana.

President Buhari is also expected to meet with the Nigerian community and entrepreneurs before returning to Abuja on Monday evening.

A statement from the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said he would be accompanied by the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice as well as Industry,Trade and Investment.

Buhari Condoles With Ghana Over Fire, Flood Tragedies

GhanaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Ghana over the dual tragedy of flooding and fire outbreak which claimed scores of lives in that country.

In a condolence message on Friday, June 5, 2015, signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said that Nigeria will stand by Ghana in its moment of grief and loss.

“In this moment of grief and loss, the government and people of Nigeria stand with the government and people of Ghana,” he said.

According to President Buhari, the twin tragedies of flooding and fire outbreak that led to loss of several lives are painful and regrettable.

The President, however, noted that the flooding incident undoubtedly reminds leaders and governments in the West African sub-region of their responsibilities to the problem of global warming, among others.

He prayed that the souls of the deceased rest in eternal bliss and that their families and friends find fortitude to bear the losses.

Scores of people were reported to have died in Ghana where a fire broke out at a petrol station in the capital, Accra.

Officials said that the fire started as people sought shelter in the station from the two days of torrential rainfall in the city that has left many homeless and without power.

The initial casualty figure was 90 but the death toll from the fire has since risen to 96 as the search for bodies continued.

Fire Kills More Than 90 In Accra, Ghana

fireOver 90 people have died in Ghana where a fire broke out at a petrol station in the capital, Accra.

Officials said that the fire started as people sought shelter in the station from the two days of torrential rainfall in the city that has left many homeless and without power.

There are fears that the death toll from the fire could rise as the search for bodies continues.

President John Mahama has visited the burnt-out petrol station and has appealed for calm as authorities try to cope with the aftermath of the fire and heavy rain.

Reports says there are chaotic scenes in the city with cars being carried away by the water and many roads blocked off.

A victim told a local radio station that he had put his children on top of a wardrobe to save them from the water coming into his house.

Weather forecasters in the meantime have said that more rain is on its way.