With about 87 per cent of ballots counted from the polling stations, President Nana Akufo-Addo is in the lead with 52.72 per cent while former President John Mahama is second with 45.93 per cent, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said.
Responding to a press conference by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at which the biggest opposition party claimed it has flipped 36 parliamentary seats so far, the General Secretary of the NPP, Mr John Boadu, told journalists on Tuesday dawn that: “It is remarkable that the NDC, at their ill-prepared press conference, made absolutely no mention of the main prize – the presidential race”.
“It is because they know that it is their biggest flop of all”, he asserted, explaining: “They know that they have lost the presidential election, that is why they are running away from the figures and I saw some figures that they are churning out and true to their nature, they didn’t even get it right – they are having 53 per cent, the NPP is having 52 per cent, the other parties are having 0.4 per cent. If you add up, this is more than 100 per cent. How incompetent can you be?”
Mr Boadu said although the party will “refrain” from “declaring the results” and “leave that to the EC”, its own analysis of the results so far puts the President in pole position for victory.
“From the results publicly declared, collated and announced at the constituency level and also from our own internal collation system, the efficacy of which is not in doubt, we are happy to announce that we have so far collated and vetted, as of 2:15 am, we have received in our Situation Room here in Accra, the scanned pink sheet results from 34,040 polling stations nationwide out of the total of 38,933, including special voting ones.
This represents 87.43 per cent of all polling stations, with 4,893 outstanding.
“This puts the NPP candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in the lead with 6,850,708 votes representing 52.72 per cent. This is the highest number of votes to be secured by any presidential candidate in the fourth republic”, he said.
He added: “John Mahama is number two with a total vote, as we speak now, of 5,708,033, representing 45.93 per cent”.
According to him, “each one of these pink sheets have been scanned and are available for inspection”.
“Just as we did in 2016, we’ll take some of the media people to our collation centre and situation room for you to have a look at each and every pink sheet that has been scanned that we’ve received as we speak now”, he noted.
Mr Boadu pointed out that “with just 4,893 polling station results still to go, with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo leading John Mahama by 777,675 votes, it will take much more than the usual propaganda to flip this”.
“Whereas we do not wish to declare that we have won the presidential race, we can confidently say that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has secured a clear, incontestable margin ahead of John Mahama.
“We will, however, as responsible citizens, wait for the EC to declare the final results”, he reiterated, adding: “We call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to exercise patience as we wait for the declaration of the final results by the EC”.
“President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP, from our projections, collations, we are on course for a second term in office and a majority in parliament.
“We are confident of this and await declaration from the EC, as is constitutionally mandated”, he stressed.
The NPP also condemned the NDC for inciting its followers to mass up at the collation centres.
“We end by advising the NDC to reverse the directive to their supporters to mass up at collation centres. Collation centres are not where elections are won and ballots counted, they had some 10 hours to get their supporters to mass up at polling stations up and down to the country to vote for them, they once again flopped. Now they are asking them to mass up at collation centres