…But Rawlings Preaches Unity
President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, will not hesitate to prosecute former high-ranking government officials of John Mahama government, Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson,0. has warned.
Speaking to reporters at the Nima residence of Nana Akufo-Addo, the former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, said the NPP, upon assumption of office on January 7, would ensure all former government officials implicated in large-scale corruption under President Mahama are brought to book.
“Mind you, we will take legal action against former government officials who will be implicated in corruption and those found to have misappropriated funds,” an elated Adjiri Blankson asserted.
He claimed the NPP was fully aware of ministers who flew out after casting their ballots for fear that the NDC might lose the elections.
“We know ministers and senior government appointees who traveled abroad because they were not sure of the outcome of the elections. But, they should know that we shall come after them wherever they may be,” he added.
But in a congratulatory message sent by former President Jerry John Rawlings, he urged President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo to unite all Ghanaians including members of other parties who lost in the December 7 polls.
The former president’s congratulatory message to Mr. Akufo-Addo, was released on Saturday, December 10.
“I commend you for committing to be a leader for all Ghanaians in your acceptance address. The onus is on you to pursue a leadership that unifies the people so members of the losing side have no reason to feel insecure,” urged Mr Rawlings, who ruled Ghana from 1981 until 2000.
Ghana’s Electoral Commission on Friday night, declared Mr. Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) winner of the presidential election, two days after close of polls 5:00pm Wednesday.
For Mr. Rawlings, the “victory is a manifestation of the people’s desire for new leadership and comes with enormous responsibilities, including a commitment to pursue an anti-corruption drive across the board”.
He pointed out: “Ghana faces huge challenges, many of which you promised to tackle during your campaign tours. You have been elected as president because the electorate believes you have the ability to confront these challenges and lead the country with fearlessness, humility and honesty.
“I wish you the best of luck as you prepare to assume the mantle of leadership. God bless you and our homeland Ghana.”
Nana Akufo-Addo is the president-elect of Ghana after a historic and landslide win over incumbent John Dramani Mahama, the Electoral Commission confirms.
The NPP flagbearer, polled 5,716,026 votes representing 53.85percent in the 2016 elections to give him an edge over the outgoing NDC leader Mr. Mahama, who garnered 4,713,277 votes representing 44.40 percent of the total votes.
Nana Addo’s party, swept the majority in Parliament with over 150 seats.
Declaring the presidential results in Accra, the chairperson of the EC Mrs. Charlotte Osei said the Commission recorded valid votes of over 10,615,361, rejected ballots stood at 1.54percent, while 10,782,609 represented the total number of people who voted.
Turnout was 68.62percent. The official result is without four constituencies whose results were not ready at the time of declaration.