Former President, John Dramani Mahama has attributed his abysmal performance in the 2016 presidential elections to “incumbency disadvantage.”
Speaking at the Meet the leader in Africa Session with John Mahama at Durban in South Africa during the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 , Mr. Mahama revealed that he was constrained in the run-up to the elections because whilst his main opponent, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo was making juicy promises, he as the incumbent was forced to offer what he knew the economy could provide.
“I had an incumbency disadvantage. I knew what the economy could give the people and I told the people the truth that we need more hard work to be able to get out of where we are; my opponent promised heaven and you have the constraints of not being able to promise all the rosy things he was doing. The people made a choice and voted me out.”
On the various promises made by the NPP, he said failure deliver on the promises will teach Ghanaians a political lesson.
“If he [President Nana Akufo-Addo] is able to deliver on his promises, good; if he is not able too, the people would have learnt that not all that glitters is gold”.
Former President, John Dramani Mahama was booted out of office after he lost the keenly consisted 2016 presidential general elections to the flag bearer of the NPP, William Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei declared Mr Akufo-Addo the winner, with 53.85% of the votes, while Mr Mahama took 44.40%.
In his concession speech, President Mahama said he worked in the best interest of the people and thanked Ghanaians for the opportunity.
“As President, I have done my bit and made a contribution to the political, social and economic development of our country. I would have cherished an opportunity to do even more, but I respect the will of the Ghanaian people.”