72-year-old human rights lawyer Akufo-Addo has won the Ghana presidential election and will serve a four-year term as president. Mr Akufo-Addo gathered 53.8 percent of the votes, defeating the incumbent President John Mahama who got 44.4 percent of the total votes cast, electoral commissioner Charlotte Osei has said,
Supporters of the Patriotic Party (NPP) leader had gathered outside his home after local media houses had declared him the winner sparking scenes of celebration in the capital Accra.
Akufo-Addo, 72, who between 2001 and 2009 served as foreign minister and attorney general in the NPP government has ascended to power after three bids for the presidency.
Speaking to the jubilant crowd gathered at his home in the capital Accra, Akufo-Addo said, “I will not let you down. I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations, I will do my best to serve your interests and put our country back on the path of progress and prosperity.”
Before addressing the crowd the Incumbent President John Mahama called to congratulate opposition leader Akufo-Addo and conceded defeat after a hotly contested race, This election was indeed a litmus test for Africas most democratic nation.
Earlier on Through his twitter account Mr. John Mahama had urged Ghanaians to be patient and let’s allow Electoral Commission to carry out its constitutional mandate. He also pledged to respect the outcome of of election. “I want to assure the nation that we will respect the outcome of the elections, positive or negative,” he said
President elect Akufo-Addo had during his campaign blasted Ghana’s poor economic growth and outlined how to get the economy back on track. It is estimated that the economy has grown at 3.3% in 2016 being the slowest rate in two decades.
He also promised free high-school education and more factories, but his critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions.
The other candidates who ran for the election include former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), whose husband Jerry John Rawlings initially took power in the 1979 coup.
She has made history as the first woman to run for president in the West African country.