It was an ecstatic atmosphere at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday, when thousands of supporters and sympathisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held a rally to climax its campaign in the Greater Accra Region.
The rally, which was meant to energise the party faithful to vote massively to secure a second term for President John Mahama in tomorrow’s election, was attended by members of the ‘Akatamanso’ (umbrella) family from the various constituencies in the region.
The stadium was filled beyond its capacity and the party members cheered the President and members of the campaign team who had gone round the country to whip up support for a third successive victory for the NDC.
President Mahama and his wife, Lordina, Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, and his wife, Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, were among some of the bigwigs who graced the occasion.
Before President Mahama delivered his address to climax the campaign, some leading members of the party took turns to address the crowd.
They urged the supporters to vote for the NDC’s flagbearer and parliamentary candidates to secure a resounding third consecutive victory.
The sounds at the entire stadium were like those of a swarm of bees as the supporters blew the ‘vuvuzela’ trumpet to cheer their leaders.
A number of musicians also attended the programme to support the party. Popular dancehall musician, Shatta Wale, whose track, ‘Mahama Paper’, was used as one of the campaign songs by the party, performed to entertain the crowd.
The disqualified presidential candidate of the Great Consolidated Peoples Party (GCPP), Dr Henry Lartey, also attended the programme and endorsed the President.
The streets leading to the stadium were turned into a carnival as some members of the party danced to loud music and made merry.
Some smart petty traders took advantage of the crowd and displayed their wares, ranging from NDC paraphernalia, food and beverages among other items.
Motorists travelling from Ridge, through the State House to Osu had a hard time dealing with the heavy traffic. Those from the direction of the 37 Military Hospital to Tema Station in Accra also suffered the ordeal.
The security personnel made up of the police and the military in and around the stadium premises handled their duties excellently as the event recorded no incident.
Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service, Ambulance Service and the Ghana Red Cross Society were also on standby to deal with any unexpected incident.