Newly-elected 2016 flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP,) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has admitted that a huge responsibility has been placed on him to lead the NPP for the third time in the 2016 General Elections.
He said “Saturday’s [October 18] victory is an “enormous responsibility on my modest shoulder” but with the “continued blessings of God on Ghana, the NPP and myself,” we shall overcome.
He said this to a thunderous applause of a teeming NPP faithful(s) that had thronged the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra to witness yet another Nana Akufo-Addo coronation as presidential candidate.
But speaking to some political analysts, they made it clear that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo now had a huge task to bring together all the factions that emerged during the run-up to the NPP’s presidential primary.
And this task, the political analysts affirmed would not be an easy one for him.
In fact this was an admission Nana Addo himself made in his acceptance speech.
Flanked by the losing candidates — Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen and Francis Addai Nimoh on Saturday, the three-time presidential candidate in a victory speech rallied all and sundry within the party to work together for victory in 2016.
In the run-up to the election many accusations and counter accusations were made, especially between the two leading contenders—Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen.
But Nana Akufo-Addo in his admission that there were cracks in NPP, also promised a united fight against the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2016.
“We will cooperate and work together,” he said, adding that they have a “sacred truthful duty” to “relieve Ghanaians from the unjustifiable hardships” imposed on them by an “incompetent Mahama government.”
“We will do the work of Ghanaians with integrity…” “we have the men and the women who can do the job,” Nana Addo asserted.
Akufo-Addo polled 117,413 of the total ballot cast representing an overwhelming 94.35 per cent.
Alan Kyerematen managed a paltry 5,908 votes representing 4.75 per cent and the underdog, Francis Addai Nimoh, remained just that with a surplus 1,128 votes representing 0.91 per cent.
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