After President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) thronged to his residence in jubilation.
The party supporters took over the whole street in and around the president-elect’s Nima residence draped in party colours dancing and to a selected list of the party’s songs.
In a sharp contrast, they danced to the NDC’s “Onaapo” song blaring from huge speakers put on a truck.
The desire of the supporters was to see the president-elect but as at 11:00am Saturday, they had not heard anything from the party leaders.
In an interview with ghanabusinessnews.com, Joyce Addae a supporter from Teshie said, “I came all the way from Teshie to jubilate here and I’m waiting till Nana Akufo-Addo comes out to speak to us. I am so excited about this victory and I thank all who voted for the NPP.”
Most party supporters, who spoke to ghanabusinessnews.com, said they were tired of the government in power and needed a new wind of change.
Foster Ofori Asante said, “I have not slept for three days after the election and I’m so happy that my sleepless night was not in vain. I am in a celebration mood and I’m here to support Nana and enjoy myself.”
As Nana is going to be sworn in as the president, I believe that unemployment is going to be a thing of the past,” he added.
While some were celebrating the victory, others saw it as an opportunity to make money by selling NPP paraphernalia and pictures of the president-elect.
I have been busy selling NPP branded souvenirs and T-shirts since morning and although I can not disclose my profit, I have made quite an amount and the demand is so high, a woman busily selling in front of the house said.
Joe, a photographer at the scene also had this to say “Business is very good as I have sold 150 copies of Nana Akuffo-Addo’s pictures to supporters and being a supporter of the party myself, I simply cannot express my joy.”
The 2016 general elections was conducted on December 7, 2016 and although the Electoral Commission (EC) was under pressure from the NPP and other Civil Society Organisatons (CSOs ) to declare results to defuse tension, the EC only did so after the incumbent president John Dramani Mahama of the NDC conceded defeat.
By Pamela Ofori-Boateng
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