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NPP CELEBRATES 2016 HISTORIC VICTORY

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Today marks exactly a year Ghanaians went to the polls for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections which saw Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party emerging victorious in one of the most fiercely contested general elections in the country’s history.

Today marks exactly a year Ghanaians went to the polls for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections which saw Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party emerging victorious in one of the most fiercely contested general elections in the country’s history.

 

The NPP is marking the day, today, with an inter-denominational thanksgiving service at the Accra International Conference Centre. Bigwigs of the NPP, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, acting NPP Chairman, Freddy Blay, and other leading members of government, as well as the leadership of other political parties, would be in attendance.

According to a statement signed by acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, “There is every reason to celebrate what the Almighty has done for this country and so, we expect that the rest of the nation would join us to thank God for this milestone.”

The NPP’s 2016 victory, described by many political pundits as unprecedented, saw Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo garner 53.85 per cent of the valid votes cast to become Ghana’s fifth president under the fourth Republic.

President Mahama, who ran on the ticket of the then governing National Democratic Congress, secured 44.40 of valid votes cast, the worst in the party’s history in the fourth republic.

The then opposition NPP adopted a campaign based on issues, contrary to the ruling NDC which used mudslinging to campaign.

Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP approached the electorate with job and wealth creating grandiose policies such as the One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, Free Senior High School Policy, among others, which were largely accepted, culminating in the unprecedented victory for the party.

Aside the huge percentage gap between the two leading political parties, the NPP took a decisive majority with regards to the seats in parliament, with the NDC losing a whopping 52 Members of Parliament from the last session while the NPP saw a gain of 46 MPs.

Hitherto the December 7, 2016 election, the cards played in the favour of the NPP, with London-based Economic Intelligence Unit, for a second consecutive time, predicting a win for the opposition New Patriotic Party in the December 7 polls.

The EIU had predicted in April last year that though both the presidential and legislative elections would be hostile, the NPP would be declared victorious.

“We expect Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP to be victorious at the December presidential and legislative elections, given popular frustration with Ghana’s poor economic performance under the recent NDC administration,” the London-based EIU of the Economist Magazine predicted in its October, 2016, edition.

The EIU said: "Pre-election spending in 2016 will put pressure on the fiscal deficit target set in conjunction with the IMF, although the government will be more successful at resisting large-scale populist spending than in previous election years."

Ghanaians evidently were fed up with the unprecedented corruption that had riddled almost every sector of the economy coupled with the teeming unemployment.

From all indications, Ghanaians wanted a change in the direction of the country and settled on Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP to relieve them from the hardships.

The Akufo-Addo led government has over the past 11 months implemented pragmatic policies, with many investors trooping into the country to take advantage of the policies of the government.

Determined to make Ghana the most business-friendly country in Africa, the government has put in place measures to make the private sector thrive, to boost it transformational agenda to shift the country from taxation to production.