President Buhari congratulates Ghana’s Akufo-Addo on
Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the
candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, on his historic
win of the Ghana presidential election.
President Buhari also felicitated with the Government and
people of Ghana, the National Electoral Commission, and candidates of political
parties, for the decorum, maturity and peaceful conduct of the election.
The president made the congratulation in a statement issued
by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Saturday in
Buhari noted that the Dec. 7 presidential election produced
a winner from an opposition party, who was contesting for the third time.
According to Buhari, president-elect Akufo-Addo is widely
experienced and skilled in leadership; a development he said would make him to
build on the legacies of President John Dramani Mahama.
The Nigerian leader also extolled the statesmanship and
great leadership qualities of Mahama.
He noted that Mahama came to power at a trying period for
Ghana with the death of former President John Atta-Mills and kept pushing for a
better life for all Ghanaians.
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President Buhari also lauded Mahama for strengthening
diplomatic relations with countries in the sub-region, especially Nigeria.
He particularly commended the incumbent President for the
great courage to call his opponent and concede defeat.
Buhari stressed that leaders must always honour their
pre-election pledge to accept the results of polls as the will of the people.
He expressed optimism that the future of African development
rested on building strong political, democratic institutions, ensuring free,
fair and credible elections, and respect for the sanctity of the ballot.
Buhari urged the President-elect and other winners of the
parliamentary elections in Ghana to be magnanimous in victory and called on
those that lost in the election to explore peaceful and legal mechanisms to
challenge the outcome of the polls, where necessary.
He said that the greater interest of the country and
stability of the sub-region should be uppermost in the minds of all
The President wished Ghana a smooth transition of power,
adding that he looked forward to working with the new President.
The Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei,
announced that the country’s main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, defeated
President Mahama by 53.8 percent to 44.4 percent of the total votes cast during
“It is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo
as the president elect of Ghana,” Osei was quoted as saying at a news
conference in Accra, Ghana, on Friday.
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