According to Goodluck Jonathan, Mahama gained lasting honour by peacefully conceding…
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has commended President John Mahama for conceding defeat in Ghana’s just concluded Presidential and parliamentary elections.
President Mahama who wishes to continue serving as the country’s president, said it is his obligation to respect the will of Ghanaians.
In a statement, the former Nigerian leader, who lost elections last year, said Mr. Mahama has conducted himself well in the process. According to Goodluck Jonathan, Mahama gained lasting honour by conceding defeat peacefully.
He however urged the President-elect to endeavour to acknowledge the achievements of the Mahama-administration as he assumes office. Part of the statement reads;
I am immensely proud of the maturity and high patriotism displayed by President John Mahama who has just conceded to Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo.
Some may erroneously think that President Mahama lost today. Not at all. Not at all. He has gained honor that will never depart from him.
I congratulate Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo and urge him to immediately begin the process of reuniting the nation of Ghana.
I also urge him to appreciate the great strides and achievements of President John Mahama when that time comes. To accelerate the growth of the economy, all Ghanaians irrespective of political divide should be involved.
Ghana’s 2016 general election was held on Wednesday, December 12.
John Mahama who was flagbearer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) was defeated by the opposition New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo in last week’s polls. He polled 4,713, 277 votes as against his major opponent who garnered 5,716,026 votes to win the election.
The President had called the opposition leader and congratulated him for his victory about an hour before the Electoral Commission officially announced the final result on the evening of Friday, December 9.