Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Ghana’s national election becoming president elect at the third attempt.
Akufo-Addo defeated President John Mahama by 53.8% to 44.4% declared electoral commissioner Charlotte Osei yesterday (9th), sparking scenes of celebration in the capital Accra.
Supporters of Addo’s 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.
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.
“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.
Outgoing President Mahama called him to offer congratulations just before Osei’s statement and later he addressed his supporters.
“As president I have done my bit. I have made a contribution to the political, social and economic development of our country. I would have cherished an opportunity to do even more but I respect the will of the Ghanaian people,” he said.