President Nana Addo Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the election 2020 results is an indication that Ghanaians want the NPP and NDC to work together for the development of the country and that is exactly what he would be doing over the next four years.
He made the commitment in his victory speech following the announcement by the Electoral Commission Chair, Jean Mensah that he is the president-elect.
President Akufo-Addo won the elections with 51.59% of the total valid votes cast, while his closest contender, former President John Mahama got 47.36% of valid votes cast.
In terms of the real figures, Nana Addo got 6,730,413 votes, while John Mahama obtained 6,214,889.
Meanwhile, in Parliament both parties won 137 seats with one independent winner who has pledged his allegiance to the NPP.
The President-elect said the situation clearly demands cooperation between the two major political parties and he is committed to that in his second term.
He noted that the race was a keen contest of ideas on how Ghana should be developed, saying that the “hard won” victory was an endorsement of the work he did in his first term and of the programs he put forward in his campaign.
The President thanked Ghanaians for giving him four more years to do more and assured them the he will not relax just because this is his second term and there is nothing to lose.
“We will not take it easy and relax because there is nothing to prove – I give you my word that I will continue to work hard and deliver on every promise I have made to you over the next four years,” he said.
The President said his immediate task would be to “reverse the effect of COVID-19 and put Ghana on the path of economic recovery.”
He noted that prior to COVID-19, Ghana was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and “we will ensure to get Ghana back on that path.”
President Akufo-Addo told NPP supporters at his residence that the elections is over – the result is incontestable and they deserve to rejoice but they should do so with decorum.
The President said he is humbled by the confidence reposed in him by his “fellow Ghanaians” and he will not disappoint them.
He also congratulated the EC for a job well done – Ghanaians for comporting themselves decorously during the elections – the security services for ensuring law and order during the elections and the media for keeping the public well informed before and during the elections.
The President condemn the incidents that led to a few regrettable deaths during the elections and expressed the hope that the security services would investigate and bring closure to those issues.