Akufo Addo
Akufo Addo

President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo assured that he would not let Ghanaians down after winning the closely contested election of Ghana.

Addressing party faithful in his residence in the capital late Friday, the 72-years-old lawyer and former foreign and justice minister commended Ghanaians for the orderly manner in which they conducted themselves during Wednesday’s general election.

“You are to be commended for the mature, peaceful and orderly manner in which you, once again, exercised your democratic franchise,” Akufo-Addo said to the cheering crowd.

Akufo-Addo pledged to serve the entire nation. “The President of Ghana is president for every single Ghanaian, without discrimination, malice or ill-will to any ethnic group or political or religious affiliation,” he said.

“I will do my best to serve your interests, and put our country back on the path of progress and prosperity,” the newly elected president added.

Akufo-Addo polled 5,716,026 votes or 53.85 percent of the total valid votes, beating incumbent President John Mahama, leader of ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) who polled 4,713,277 votes or 44.40 percent of total valid votes.

The victory came after Akufo-Addo’s third attempt at the presidency since 2008.

He will be sworn in on January 7, 2017 as the fifth president under Ghana’s fourth Republic and the first not to bear the name “John”.

This will be the third time that Ghana will experience a change of ruling political party since 2001.

Supporters descended on Akufo-Addo’s residence long before the Electoral Commission (EC) announced his victory, and stayed on dancing to loud music. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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