H.E Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, has argued that ever since Jerry John Rawlings last contested for the seat of the president, no presidential candidate of the NDC has won more than 51% of votes at any of the last general elections.
According to him, the NPP in every general election that the party won, won by more than 51% of the votes needed to affirm the party’s presidential candidate as the next president of the country.
He made this revelation during a meeting with executives of the NPP who visited him at the Jubilee House on Thursday.
Addressing them, Nana Addo said, “We should remember, ever since Jerry John Rawlings left the presidential scene of politics in our country, no NDC presidential candidate has won more than fifty-one percent (51%) of the votes. His successor Mills, in his first-round against Kufuor, had 44 percent, second round 47 percent.
Stressing on his claims, the president observed the NDC upon all their noise-making antics don’t have the majority of Ghanaians on their side considering the election data available.
“When it came to the second time against Kufuor the same figures and in 2008 when he contested against me after three rounds he got 50.03 percent of the vote. Mahama in 2012, 50.7%; in 2016, 44% of the votes; in 2020, 47% of the votes. What these figures tell us, is that whenever the NPP, we put our acts together, we win”.
“The majority is with us, so let us be very clear in our mind, our opponent with all the shouting and the “hey hey hey hey,” do not have the support of the majority of the people in our country. So the future of Ghana, the future of this country is in our hands. It is the function of how we behave, how we organize ourselves that will determine how the country will also move ahead,” President Akufo-Addo added.
During the just-ended 2020 polls, the electoral commission declared Nana Addo as the president-elect after he about 51% of the valid votes cast to win the 2020 polls.
However, the John Mahama-led administration of the NDC is contesting the validity of the votes obtained by the NPP in the Supreme Court following the NDC’s claim of the elections been a flawed one.