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Three Years On: Akufo-Addo Awaits Mahama’s Congratulatory Message on Election Win

Akufo-Addo's Humorous Nudge to Mahama Highlights Ghana's Democratic Spirit

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

In a notable address to the nation on Constitution Day, January 7, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reflected on various facets of Ghana’s democratic journey, including a lighthearted remark about still awaiting congratulations from his main opponent in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama, three years after his electoral victory.

During his broadcast, President Akufo-Addo humorously noted, “On a lighter note, three years on, I am still waiting for my main opponent in the 2020 elections to congratulate me on my victory.” This comment, while made in jest, touches upon the broader theme of political sportsmanship and the challenges of bipartisan cooperation in Ghana’s political landscape.

Beyond this quip, the President’s message was profound and focused on the importance of democracy and the commitment to uphold it. He reiterated his lifelong dedication to championing individual and collective rights. Akufo-Addo acknowledged the challenges facing the nation but expressed optimism, citing recent economic improvements and the resilience of democratic structures in managing complex situations.

President Akufo-Addo highlighted the crucial role of elections in a democracy, emphasizing the need for fairness and transparency in this year’s electoral process. He underscored the collective responsibility of stakeholders, including the Electoral Commission, political parties, and citizens, to respect and adhere to electoral rules. This respect, he stressed, should be consistent regardless of the election outcomes.

The President’s commitment to safeguarding Ghana’s democratic path was evident. “It will not be under my watch that any adventurer will seek to torpedo the democratic path on which we are embarked,” he declared, promising a free, fair, and transparent election in December 2024. His statement underlined the belief that a successful election outcome is a victory not for an individual party or candidate but for Ghana as a nation.

Akufo-Addo also used the occasion to remind Ghanaians of their dual responsibility to embrace freedom and duty. He stressed the importance of hard work, compassion, and collective effort towards societal betterment, aligning with his vision of a free society that balances liberty with civic responsibility.

As his term nears its end, President Akufo-Addo reflected on his tenure, expressing gratitude to God and the Ghanaian people for the opportunity to serve. He reaffirmed his commitment to using his remaining time in office to further national development and prosperity for all citizens, concluding with the assertion, “The Battle is the Lord’s!”

President Akufo-Addo’s address on Constitution Day serves as a reminder of Ghana’s status as a beacon of democracy and stability in Africa. His words encourage the nation to uphold its democratic values and traditions, ensuring Ghana’s continued prominence as a model of democratic governance on the continent.

“President Akufo-Addo’s Constitution Day message humorously awaits Mahama’s election congratulations, while emphasizing Ghana’s democratic resilience and upcoming electoral integrity.”

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