Former President Mahama has touted the achievements of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying the party had over the years exhibited “strong commitment to strengthening” Ghana’s democracy and building a stable economy while in power, GhanaWeb reports.
The former President, in a statement posted on his Facebook page, further indicated that he is “convinced beyond any doubt” that the party “remains the most citizen-friendly and development-oriented political party in Ghana.”
John Mahama’s comments came as the country marked a year following the 2016 general elections which saw the NDC lose power in what is widely seen as the worst defeat for a sitting President in Ghana’s history.
Mr. Mahama recorded 44.40 percent of valid votes cast, losing to the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Akufo-Addo, who was endorsed by 53. 85 percent of the voting population.
The NDC also lost most of its seats in Parliament, pushing them to be minority side in the lawmaking house.
The party subsequently set up a 13-member committee to investigate the cause of the party’s defeat.
The former President, in his statement, also extended his gratitude to the executives, supporters and sympathizers of the party who in his view had “worked tirelessly during the polls to achieve success for the party.”
Below is the full statement from President Mahama
One year on after the December 7, 2016 election, I salute all our executives, supporters and sympathisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who worked tirelessly during the polls to achieve success for the party. While the outcome was not what we desired, let us thank the Almighty God for his bountiful blessings as we are enjoined to do in all circumstances.
As we have demonstrated in the period following the elections and a year after the polls, we are a Party that believes and has demonstrably exhibited our strong commitment to strengthening our country’s democratic credentials and building a peaceful and stable economy.
Let’s continue to use the opportunity we are presented with, to work hard and diligently towards the reorganization of our party as we prepare for the next elections in 2020.
I am convinced beyond any doubt, that our party, the NDC, remains the most citizen-friendly and development-oriented political party in Ghana and we must continue to work in the interest of the Ghanaian People.