The election season in Ghana is officially over, and after all the campaigns, silly propaganda and all that came with it, we have a new president!!
From Wednesday to Friday evening, it’s been such a crazy time. How do it go for yours truly?
I woke up pretty early, feeling a bit of both excitement and tension. After all the noise that had been made, it was finally time to exercise our franchise!
Personally, my mind was totally made up. I was not satisfied with the incumbent government, and I wanted a change. So as I picked up my voters ID card, there was only one candidate that would have my thumbprint next to his picture.
I got to my polling station with my dad and sister at about 7:30 am, which was just outside the Manet Court gate. Two different queues greeted us. According to the officials, the one on the right was for those whose names on the ID card started from A-J. Left was for the others. So my sister and I went to the other side (I’ll just resist the urge to say that Adele style. lol)
The queue wasn’t so long, and considering how we had to wait for almost 3 hours in 2012, I was pretty happy.
The annoying aspect, though: the queue moved so slow. Sheesh!!
I spent the equivalent of a football match in the queue before voting. You know what was annoying? My mum came about 30 minutes after we got in line, and she had to go to the other side, but at the time I slotted my parliamentary ballot into the box, she had finished long time!
Well, whatever. At least, the process was smooth. I was very pleased with my heartthrob. (In case you’re confused, that’s Charlotte Osei. Bae extraordinaire)
So I went home, and did a few things. Waiting for 5 o’clock to come. All the while listening to Citi FM (I don’t joke with that station ooo), keeping up to date on the happenings around the country.
5 o’ clock came, and so came the wait for the polling station results to come trickling in. Unlike 2008 and 2012, I didn’t step out of the house to witness the counting. I stayed indoors and stuck to the news.
So little by little, some results started to emerge.
And they were looking pretty good. From the perspective of someone who voted against the current government, obviously.
Seeing small, small victories in places I was not really expecting to see. I later heard that Nana Addo won at my polling station, which was significant. First time he had ever won there. He lost in the 2 rounds of 2008 and in 2012, so this was quite interesting. And given the history of the Ledzokuku constituency, it would be massive if he won.
So, like every curious Ghanaian, I was keenly following what the media was letting us know. I remember the surprise I had when the UTV rep at La Dadekotopon read out some figures that suggested a possible loss for the parliamentary candidate. Chale! I know Nii Amasah Namoale from Zenith, and quite honestly, I expected him to cruise through, but it sounded like a loss was coming. Not expected, chale!
The peeps I expected to win parliamentary seats were him, Zanetor Rawlings, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah and Dr. Oko Boye (the candidate for my area).
So, the provisional results continued to flow in, and having taken a nap earlier in the day, I was nowhere near sleepy as midnight approached.
Honestly, this is my favourite part of the whole season! I’m very sure more than half of GH was not asleep. It was soooo active on social media. Just waiting for what comes next. We’ve had provisional results, but where is the EC certified stuff?
Somewhere around 1 or 1:30, a press statement came from a lady in JM’s campaign team. She sought to assure NDC supporters that JM was leading, and that they should keep calm and wait for the EC to say something.
Ok, so that statement wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t very enthused with the mention of JM’s comfortable lead. I felt it was unnecessary.
However, compared to what followed next, it was pretty harmless.
NPP held a press conference, where the speaker blatantly declared Nana Addo to be firmly in the lead, and called on the others to concede defeat.
I heard that, and I was like, “What nonsense is that? Why are they trying to usurp the job of the EC?” I wasn’t amused at all. Very careless action, in my book. An action of desperation, and I disliked it big time.
Then by 3 am, yet another presser. Lol. This time, from the EC.
What did they say?
For one, they struck out NPP’s claim and put forth a reminder that only they have the legal mandate to declare who won. Secondly? They had not received any official results.
I remember how that sent Twitter into meltdown. 10 hours after the polls had ended, and there was not a single certified result? For real?
Whoever was handling the EC’s Twitter account, eh… that person suffered! Blastings be what? Eiiii!! Hahaha!!
Then one of the highlights.
Gabby Otchere-Darko, getting hold of some info about Edward Mahama conceding defeat, tweeted it. And he didn’t add the first name.
The President’s response was epic.
Legendary tweet right there, people.
I dozed off here and there, but by 6 am, some great news came through.
According to Citi, Ledzokuku had a new MP!!! Woohooo!!!
I know Dr. Oko Boye to be one heck of a hard worker, so I was delighted to hear that he had won.
But then, I started hearing that Hanna Tetteh had lost her seat. And on Twitter streets, there was a lot of glee over that. Clearly, squad had not forgotten the sarcastic tweets about Occupy Flagstaff House in 2014, and were too happy to troll her about it.
And my classmate had lost his seat. Honestly, I thought he wouldn’t have a problem retaining his seat. But the people there thought otherwise.
Anyway, as the sun rose, more results came in, and the various media houses started projecting what they had. Some of the results from the Ashanti and Volta regions were delivering the usual heaviness!! On a serious note, though, I realised people turn a blind eye to the mega gaps in the Ashanti region and blast the Voltarians for theirs. Double standards, people. We should do better.
Some of the media houses had JM in the lead, and I noticed how one NDC sympathizer was quick to post it round. I thought I’d play the EC card a lil bit, but that was cut short by some unfortunate news.
So my Thursday was slightly shaken up from then onwards, though I still kept an eye on how things were going.
More press conferences. The first one was by Charlotte Osei (insert love-struck sigh here. Haha!) She came to do some clarification and left us with a maxim: Accuracy over speed.
Then there was one from General Mosquito. He also had some issues to clear up, which caught my interest. He outlined them, stated that NPP needs to be brought to order, and that JM was gonna cruise to victory.
A tiny little issue, though.
The other candidates had already conceded defeat and congratulated Nana Addo. A bit premature, but they did it. Wouldn’t they have sent their wishes to JM if he was winning? Anyways…
Then from Nana Addo himself. Simply an urge to supporters to respect the EC’s process and hold on. He made mention of the congratulatory messages from the others. I’m sure some think they weren’t real, but as Citi FM’s Bernard Avle pointed out later, if those messages were false, the candidates would’ve come out to rebut them.
By evening, more constituencies were rolling in, and provisional results showed that Nana Addo was most likely gonna win ‘one-touch’. Very necessary. A run-off would wreck our Christmas plans. From all indications, he had captured most of the swing regions, which is usually vital in winning.
I definitely did not have time to stay woke for a 2nd night running. When I woke up early on Friday, the projections were showing Nana Addo to be the president elect.
At that point, I saw quite a number of NDC supporters graciously throw in the towel. I’m talking die-hard supporters. Graciously accepting that JM had lost.
As you’d expect on Twitter, a lot of memes and teases were making the rounds. I promise, creativity on social media is unmatched!!
A press conference by Ade Coker, though, had me quite incredulous. There he was, encouraging supporters to relax, and insisting that JM was winning.
I’m like, ‘What world are you living in, sir? JM doesn’t have 49% mpo. Be realistic.’
Lemme add, at this point, I wished I hadn’t downloaded the ThumbsApp. Not a single result as at that time. Kmt.
Inasmuch as I was excited, I felt celebrations should have been a lil muted. After all, Auntie Charlotte was yet to say anything. But whatever. It was quite obvious at this point that the man who was bounced twice would be 3rd time lucky.
NDC, though, were now starting to show some pathetic signs of desperation and delusion that baffled me.
Some Twitter accounts were putting out a whole lot of junk, insisting that what we were seeing was false, and that NDC were in a clear, commanding lead. Some were now fiercely accusing the media houses of being compromised by the NPP. Some claimed NPP had hacked the EC accounts. The leaders and their radio stations were adamant that their flagbearer was going to win.
That really ticked me off. Seriously?? The same Metro TV, TV3, Joy FM, Citi FM and others that projected JM to win in 2012 were now liars? This desperation to hold on to power was simply revolting. Even these hardcore supporters I’m talking about abhorred what was going on.
Then there was a short statement from the President.
He asked for calm among his supporters, and stated that he would accept the outcome of the results. Whether positive or negative.
In the midst of all the foolishness being displayed by his party, JM managed to be a beacon of maturity and levelheadedness. I was so grateful to hear him say that.
And please, I’d be careless to ignore the latest fashion trend set by the General. Smock and snapback!!
Later on, Bae Extraordinaire came around to give us an update, letting us know that work was being done, and we’d get the results soon.
I must admit, at this point, I wished she’d at least let us know how far things were, so we could be assured of what was coming, and so the people still whinging about a JM win would shut the hell up.
Do I talk about Ayariga here? Nah, I don’t want to. Not worth it.
Evening came, and impatience was starting to simmer. As if it wasn’t already. Papa Kwesi Nduom was interviewed on Joy TV, and it was quite clear he wasn’t enthused with the delay. We all just wanted to hear the official announcement and get on with life.
Then at about 8 pm, breaking news!
President Mahama had called Nana Addo to concede defeat.
It was official: Ghana had a new president!!
So Mrs. Osei came in to announce the results and officially declare Nana Addo as the new president.
Then followed the victory speech from the president elect. Inspiring.
If anything sticks, it’s his promise that he will not let Ghanaians down.
Then there was the concession speech from Mahama.
Truth be told, it looked like Mahama was pretty heartbroken over this L. He did a good job delivering his speech. Well, he’s a boss at communications, so…
Then the party started.
GH was pappin, chale!! It’s almost as if the Black Stars had won AFCON. No kidding!!
Crazy season, but I enjoyed every moment of it.
Plaudits go to my fellow Ghanaians. Y’all are the winners in this! Those of you who wanted change like me didn’t just tweet about it, but went out and made it happen. Y’all proved that the politicians are there to serve us, and when they fail, we got the mandate to kick them out! To those who wanted continuation and graciously accepted this, I respect your maturity. This election has shown me there are many people out there who don’t operate on silly partisanship, but an objective desire to see the best for this country. Y’all are MVPs. I salute you. We’ll definitely lift this country up with that attitude.
Plaudits to the Electoral Commission. This was my 2nd time voting, and I was far more impressed than 2012’s own. I still think the app was a waste of data, and the wait was itchy. But hey, they ended up doing a good job. Charlotte Osei wasn’t the disaster many predicted she would be. Her calm demeanour and firmness is admirable, considering how she’s received so much flak over the past few months. Well done, Mrs. Osei. You’re definitely high on my list of crushes! (Lol, ain’t I too old for that?)
Plaudits to the media houses. Those people worked!!! Herh!! This season has been gruelling for them, but they delivered efficiently. Special shout out to the station I’m hooked on every morning, Citi FM. Bernard, Richard Sky, Nana Ama, Umaru Sanda and all the others did their job excellently. Shout outs to GHOne TV (Kafui Dey!! You should know why I’m mentioning him), Peace FM, UTV, Joy News and every other house that worked tirelessly to help Ghanaians know what was going on.
Plaudits to the new MPs. I’m looking forward to the likes of Zanetor and Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah in parliament; I feel they have a lot to offer Ghana. But the one I’m most ecstatic about is Ledzokuku’s new MP, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye!!! I’m so excited about this man’s potential. Hopefully, with hard work, he’ll break that record of the constituency changing MPs at every election and stay on after 2020.
Plaudits to the outgoing president, John Dramani Mahama. I have absolutely no regrets about being one of the millions who voted him out. I’m still fully convinced his term in office was not good, and that his government does not deserve a 2nd term, and I’m unapologetic about that. Stick your insults & arguments in your pocket. But I’m grateful for his maturity and graciousness. Whilst his party people were running helter-skelter, acting like they’re entitled to power, he acted reasonably and did the right thing. It would be foolish to overlook that. And that tweet goes down as a legendary one!! You can take a seat, sir. I won’t look at your term of office with much fondness, but the respect remains untouched.
To those raining insults on him, please. Stop it. He still will go down in history as one of Ghana’s presidents, and commands respect nonetheless. There’s no need to hate him. Just hate his time in office.
Plaudits to the new President Elect, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo. After all the Ls he’s taken, I’m delighted to see him finally take the reins of this country. He’s now a standard for never giving up in this country. I’m eagerly looking forward to what he has to offer this nation. I certainly pray he does a good job, coz I’m not alone when I say that my vote is not on auto-pilot, and a bad reign will certainly see me seek to vote him out. That said, I’m thinking positive. God will help him to deliver…
To those being sarcastic and negative about his reign, please. Stop it. It’s time to support him. He’s gonna be the Prez of GH, not NPP. Your unnecessary dislike won’t help.
And of course, most of all, all praise and glory to the Almighty God. The smoothness of this election would not have been possible without His grace. All Ghana is, and has, and will ever be, is down to Him alone, and we’ll never cease to thank Him for that.
I’m looking forward to a time when politics of insults and ridiculous propaganda ceases. I saw too many supporters of both parties being heavily abusive towards their opponents, and it was pathetic. I may have supported the NPP, but I certainly see no need to demonize NDC supporters. We can disagree without getting too emotional. I’m looking forward to seeing more NPP and NDC supporters drop the partisan attitude and calling a spade a spade. The way some turn a blind eye to their party’s faults and quickly pick up stones to throw at their opponents’ is irritating. And lemme be honest, the peace songs are a bore!! Can y’all do better, please? The campaign songs are so much better. Very few of those songs can hold a candle to ‘Nana y3 winner’, how much more the undisputed ‘Onaapo’?
Well, I’m grateful this didn’t go to a runoff. Now we can enjoy the Christmas!!