As the dust settles from the single-most competitive election in our nation’s democratic history, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his emergence as the President-elect and next Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Sir, your victory in the December 7, polls signifies that the fundamental democratic principle of “one man, one vote” can finally take the lead in issues that concern Ghana’s governance.
Sir, without diminishing the significance of your victory, with all due respect, your victory last Saturday was not about you.
Yes, the victory of our next President, Nana Addo, will send a message to every young Ghanaian that it matters not, how many times you knock on a door, what matters is that you do not stop knocking.
Because finally, as we have seen today – after two prior attempts at the Presidency – (2008, and 2012), Nana Addo, has attained the highest seat in the land on his third try, history repeating itself, as our late President, John Evans Atta Mills, also had a similar experience.
Yes, also, Nana Addo’s victory will remind the “live-only-for-today” politicians, that after eight years of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) rule, the people finally have a say in the affairs that concern their governance.
However, with all the aforementioned being significant, today, is about the Ghanaian people. Today is about the perseverance of the Ghanaian spirit – that tireless quest to survive at all costs.
That wholehearted eagerness, to remain united, despite the countless forces at work that, continuously insist that, we should not thrive beyond the mediocrity that we have witnessed over the years.
In 2016, Ghanaians, have finally come of age – this can be seen in the fact that despite the competitiveness of these national elections, we are still forging ahead peacefully and almost-unanimously as a single and indivisible entity.
What this signifies is that moving forward, we will be able to address our collective bones of national contention as Ghanaians first, and people of our ethnic backgrounds last.
Now that the votes have been cast and counted, and the pendulum has swung to select Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to serve our nation, today is for the Ghanaian people.
Reconciliation is now needed to mend our fences in order to push us into the league of democratic giants, especially on the African continent, and the West-African sub-region, where we have always been the beacon of hope for the continent and its people.
All in all, our eye must remain on the ultimate prize – the success of Ghana for all of us. The beginning of any story is always slow, but we must turn the pages together to witness the great story that awaits us on the other side of this our collective history.
Remember Sir, six other equally capable candidates contested you, how you bring them together to tap into their expertise, will determine to a large extent, how your reign will be, your legacy depends on it.
You gave a nice acceptance speech, but words alone mean nothing, if you don’t put them into action.
Some of us, have been critical of you, we questioned your capacity to deliver on your promises and we still stand by it, you have four years to convince us. The honeymoon will soon be over and we will be demanding accountability from you.
Sir, don’t forget every single promise you made to Ghanaians, you are the first opposition leader since the return to multi-party democracy in 1992 to win one-touch in Ghanaian election. It means Ghanaians expect a lot from you, after all, to whom much is given, much is expected.
Some of us are not going to relent in our criticisms, brace yourself up for what is to come, in opposition you accused and called the president, John Dramani Mahama incompetent, you reffered to the late president, John Evans Atta Mills, as Professor ‘Do Little’, you presented yourself as if you have the magic wand, to wish all our problems away, the youth of the country expect you to wave that wand and solve all their problems.
You deserve condemnation that, despite all the back-biting, name-calling, and the pressure brought on you, you still maintained Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, as your running mate for three consecutive elections, that is a mark only few leaders can claim to.
Soon Sir, you will wake up to the realization that, you are no longer a presidential candidate, chasing a childhood dream, but a Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The task ahead is enormous, don’t get carried away by the euphoria, as I mentioned earlier, this election is for the youth of Ghana, they came out in their numbers to vote for you.
Once again, congratulations Sir.