-Former President Mahama says the NPP did not win the 2016 elections
-Mr Mahama claims the NPP's comeback to power was due to voter apathy from NDC members
Former President John Mahama has stated that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) did not win the 2016 elections.
According to him, the NPP only got power because the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) handed it to them on a platter.
The NPP, led by President Nana Akufo-Addo, defeated NDC's John Mahama with over one million votes in the 2016 general elections.
The defeat saw Mr Mahama set the unenviable record of being the first incumbent president to lose elections in the history of Ghana.
Apart from the overwhelming defeat in the presidential polls, the NDC lost 50 seats in the parliamentary elections.
But speaking at the NDC's Unity Walk at Somanya in the Eastern Region, Mr Mahama stated that President Akufo-Addo and the NPP won not because of their efforts but as result of "apathy" from the NDC's supporters.
Many NDC supporters, in the party's strongholds, Former President Mahama explained, refused to vote in the 2016 elections.
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“NPP did not win that election; we[NDC] lost it because apathy was created in our ranks. Many of our people said they will not come out and vote.
If you take the 2016 elections, we lost more than 1 million votes. It means that many of our supporters refused to come out and vote," Mr Mahama told teeming supporters at Saturday's walk.
The former president thus begged the party's supporters to forget whatever wrong might have been done against them and forge ahead in unity in order to wrestle back power from the NPP in 2020.
"I want to apologize to everybody to forget about what anybody did to you. It might have been your party Chairman, your party secretary. It might have been me. I want to apologize,” he said.
Former President is yet to officially declare his intention of contesting for the flagbearer position of the NDC, but many believe he will make a comeback considering his recent activities in the party.
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