Former Secretary of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan has congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo on his electoral victory, and praised the people of Ghana for the way they handled the elections.
“I congratulate our new president-elect wholeheartedly, and I also commend President Mahama, for graciously conceding defeat” said Mr. Annan, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Nobel Laureate, in a congratulatory message copied to the Ghanaian Times, in Accra at the weekend.
He said “Mr. Akufo-Addo will be taking over at a time of economic difficulties, but he has the skills and experience to help the country face up to this challenge.”
Mr. Annan praised the people and authorities of Ghana for ensuring a peaceful campaign and for staying calm while awaiting the announcement of the results by the Electoral Commission.
“The people of Ghana have proved worthy of our democratic tradition” he stated.
The Electoral Commission announced late on Friday that Nana Akufo-Addo, had secured 53.85% of votes, as against the incumbent President John Mahama, who received 44.4%.
Mr. Annan noted that at a time when democratic traditions are being challenged in some countries in Africa and beyond, a peaceful transition of political power in Ghana “makes me feel proud to be a Ghanaian.”
By Times Reporter