President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has observed that no presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, apart from the late President Jerry John Rawlings, has ever won more than 51 per cent of the votes in any presidential election.
“Ever since Jerry John Rawlings left the presidential scene of politics in our country, no NDC presidential candidate has won more than 51 per cent of the votes,” the President said this yesterday when he met NPP regional executives and chairmen of the various constituencies in Greater Accra.
According to the President, the late President Rawling’s successor, the late John Evans Atta Mills, in his first round against former President Kufuor had 44 per cent in the first round of the elections and then 47 per cent in the second round in 2000.
“When it came to the second time against Mr Kufuor, the same figures, and in 2008 when he contested against me, after three rounds, he got 50.03 per cent of the votes,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He added that former President Mahama had 50.7 per cent in the 2012 elections, followed by 44 per cent in 2016, and then 47 per cent in in the just ended elections.
“What these figures tell us is that whenever the NPP we put our acts together, we win,” he said.
The President urged the rank and file of the party to remain united, assuring them that anytime they put their acts together, they will come out victorious.
“The most important thing for us to do at this stage is to keep together, is to reinforce our unity and maintain our morale,” he said.
“If we’re going to spend a lot of energies pointing fingers at each other, neither of those things are going to be attained. So, I want you very much to have that in mind,” the President added.
He said the NDC, right after the declaration of the 2020 election results by the Electoral Commission, has been confused.
President Akufo-Addo said the NDC first claimed it had won the elections with 145 seats, but later backtracked and said it had won it with 139 seats.
“It turned out all to be false,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said it was time for the NPP government to move forward and think about how to develop the country, after having an overwhelming majority of votes from the people of Ghana.
“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 organise ourselves that will determine how the country will also move ahead,” he said.