President John Dramani Mahama became the first sitting Head of State in the history of Ghana to lose an election after he was defeated in the recently conducted 2016 presidential elections.
The President performed poorly in an election that many people predicted to be keenly contested considering the fact that his government has invested so much in infrastructure as he managed
4,713,277 votes (44.40%) compared to the NPP’s candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo who garnered
5,716,026 votes (53.85%) to emerge the winner.
Interestingly, banewsgh.com news desk has laid hands on a statement by the President in 2013 which seems to suggest that he knew he would be losing the 2016 general elections and even predicted it openly.
Addressing an orientation workshop for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives at the Local Government Training Institute in Accra on November 2013, he told his critics, predominantly leading members of the NDC who were unhappy with his leadership style to be patient since leadership is a very difficult task and a lonely one and 2016 was not too far away.
“For those who disagree with me and are anxious to see my back, [they are] not to worry, 2016 is not too far away. I will urge them to be patient; in this difficult job the least one expects is comradeship and solidarity.”