Former Ghana president John Dramani Mahama has opened up on what he did the day after he officially handed power to Akufo-Addo as the country’s new president.
Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) party lost woefully during the 2016 elections, leading to a change of government.
However, it took a month before Mahama officially handed power to then president-elect Akufo-Addo, at a ceremony held at the Black Stars Square.
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Following the election loss, the former president has been on different runs, including taking to international relations in recent months.
But Mahama has now disclosed his first action in the aftermath of the elections defeat.
According to him, the television became his ally in the days that succeeded the handing over of power, insisting he kept on watching news for almost the whole day.
Delivering a lecture at the Institute of Security Studies in Abuja, Nigeria, where he was attending a graduation ceremony, Mahama said: “I remember the day after I had handed over – this was the 8th of January – I woke up in the morning and remembered there was no office to go to.
“So, I relaxed in my bed and turned on the TV, watching CNN. I spent the whole day watching TV at the time Donald Trump was the President-elect, and they were going through the transition, waiting to hand over; so, I just kept watching what was going on.”
He added that his nine-year-old daughter – Farida – was very pleased to learn that he will, from then, be staying at home.
According to Mahama, the day after the handing over was emotional as Farida would not stop asking him question upon question.
“My daughter, Farida, who had gone to school in the morning, arrived in the afternoon. She found me lying in bed which was unusual, because when I was President we could go a whole week without seeing each other,” he said.
“She leaves the house early in the morning to be able to get to school on time, by which time I probably had not gotten out of bed. She gets back home late afternoon, and I am in the office and I get back in the night when she is asleep. So, we could go the whole week without seeing each other. For the first time, she came back from school and there I was lying on my bed and watching television.”
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