While the Ashanti Region, the stronghold of the NPP, erupted in joy after the Electoral Commissioner, Madam Charlotte Osei, declared Akufo-Addo, the president-elect of Ghana.
In a press conference held at about 8:47 pm on Friday, Madam Osei said:
“On the basis of the foregoing figures and by the power vested in me as the Electoral Commissioner of and the Returning Officer of the presidential election, it is my duty and privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana.”
Akufo-Addo, who was contesting his third straight presidential election, secured 5,716,026 votes, representing 53.85 percent, to beat Mahama, who managed 4,713,277 votes, which represented 44.40 per cent.
The Progressive People’s (PPP) Candidate, Papa Kwesi Nduom, had 105,682 votes ( 1%). The Conventions Peoples Congress (CPP) candidate, Ivor Greenstreet, got 25,395 (0.24%). Nana Konadu Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP) had 16,878 (0.16%). Independent Candidate Jacob Osei Yeboah also secured 15,879 votes.
In Accra and other towns in the country, supporters of the NPP have also taken to the streets in wild jubilation.
There was deafening blaring of cars horns and vuvuzelas on the streets of Accra, Kumasi and other major cities, as the change millions of Ghanaians had sought desperately for eight years finally came home.