The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has insisted that the December 7, 2020, poll was ‘free and fair’ despite the allegations of irregularities and rigging being trumpeted by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to President Akufo-Addo, the people of Ghana on December 7 gave him “a clear mandate to govern the country for four more years”.
He thus expressed his appreciation to Ghanaians.
“I am thankful to the Ghanaian people and to the Almighty that I have been given a clear mandate to govern the country for four more years and thereby given the opportunity to complete tasks to consolidate some far-reaching measures we have introduced and initiate further changes and adjustments to policies and practices.”
“The constitution demands that we go to the people after four years and ask for a mandate, and we must listen to the people. I said during the election campaign, and it is my fair and passionate view that I should be a president in a fairly conducted elections which I believe in all sincerity the election of December 7 was.”
Owing to the nature of the 8th Parliament, President Akufo-Addo asked Members of Parliament to be more accommodating of each other’s views.
He insisted that such acts would be in the best interests of the nation.
“The next Parliament is not going to be like this one that ends today. I do not suggest that the House might not be busy but the sitting arrangements and the source of decibel levels of sound from the House will certainly be different.”
“The good people of Ghana have spoken and given Parliament an almost equal size of the House, and we have no choice to work with the consequences and the desires of the people. The House will have to be more accommodating of each other’s view and probably find new ways of conducting its affairs in the interest of good governance of our people.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known when he delivered his last state of the Nation address today, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, to Parliament.