More supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) continue to celebrate the victory of the party and the declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President–elect.
From Kumasi Kingsley E. Hope reports that flag waving supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) hit the streets of the Kumasi Metropolis amid dancing and singing to celebrate the victory of the party following the declaration by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as the president-elect of the 2016 presidential election.
Even before the declaration of the results by the chairperson of the electoral commission, majority of the party’s supporters, cladded in the party’s colours, had already gone haywire on the streets.
In fact, it was then time for the sounding of the ‘vuvuzelas’ as they buzzed like bees electrifying the atmosphere of the metropolis.
In the evening of Saturday at Sokoban, near the wood village, it was quite a scene, as supporters blocked the road, dancing and singing to brass band tunes, jamming the traffic for well over three hours.
“We will not sleep tonight, this is a big victory, it is incredible, Ghana is now growing in terms of democracy, we are really very happy,” some of the supporters could be heard shouting.
Most of the streets were blocked in some parts of the metropolis, with the supporters dancing to the campaign songs of the party to celebrate the victory.
Stores remained closed at Adum, the hub of business of the metropolis on Saturday slowing down all businesses.
But, interestingly, there were reports of attacks on some members of the National Democratic Congress, especially those in charge of public toilets.
Scores of supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) painted the streets of Accra red, white and blue after news of President John Mahama’s phone call to their presidential candidate conceding defeat broke on various media platforms reports Claude Nyarko Adams.
Dressed in party colours and paraphernalia, the supporters commenced the celebrations several minutes before the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, declared Nana Akufo Addo as the president-elect.
Amidst dancing and chanting to the popular National Democratic Congress popular campaign song ‘Onaapo’, the party faithful gathered on the street for a march.
Others gathered at various pubs and drinking bars to celebrate the party’s victory.
Men, women, old and young and children who looked below the voting age were seen blowing very loud horns to compliment the music from the loud speakers.
At Osu in Accra, some of the supporters marched to the president-elect’s residence at Nima to join the teaming sympathisers awaiting his victory and acceptance speech.
There was huge vehicular traffic on the Teshie-Nungua stretch as drivers parked their vehicles on either side of the road to join in the jubilations.
The situation was worsened when some pubs opted to project Nana Akufo-Addo’s speech on screens for customers and passers-by.
The celebrations, which continued deep into the night, were already in full swing on Saturday morning at the same suburbs.
Some of the jubilators who spoke to The Ghanaian Times said the victory was an economic independence for them and the country at large.
“It’s just right to be happy with the NPP’s victory. The current government failed us. I’ve remained stagnant in my business due to poor economic environment created by its policies,” Nii Aryeetey Armah, a shop owner at OSU said.
From Cape Coast, Jonathan Donkor reports that the celebration of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) victory in last Wednesday’s polls still lingers on in the Cape Coast metropolis and other parts of the Central Region and does not seem to end anytime soon.
Since the official declaration by the Electoral Commission, supporters have been in jubilant mood and would not let any music, especially the ‘Onaapo’ campaign song of the New Democratic Congress (NDC), fade away without a dance or the change sign.
On the Friday night when the declaration was made, supporters of the NPP beseeched the streets and jubilated until Saturday morning when they took the celebration to their various homes. But speakers mounted on vehicles would not stop roaming the town with the “Onaapo” song and other NPP songs.
Unsatisfied, they topped it up at various churches on Sunday. Some supporters clad in a touch of party colours to give thanks to God for giving them victory. They “hijacked’ the praises section and danced their hearts out.
Prior to the EC’s declaration that the NPP flag bearer, now, President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had won the election, the metropolis especially the Cape Coast South Constituency was rather quiet.
The NPP Supporters could not celebrate because their candidate, Michael Arthur Dadzie had failed to snatch the seat from the incumbent Member of Parliament George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan who doubles as Central Regional Minister.
The NDC supporters could not also celebrate the victory of the MP because President John Dramani Mahama had become a victim of the ‘Skirt and blouse’ voting pattern in the constituency, saddening supporters.
To them residents of the entire metropolis have been ingrates for not voting for the NDC following the numerous projects, particularly the Kotokraba Market, which was inaugurated days before the election.