Election 2020: Mahama benefitted from sympathy votes from Rawlings’ death - Gabby
- A leading NPP member has said John Dramani Mahama benefited from Rawlings’ death in the 2020 polls
-He died on November 12, 2020, at the age of 73
- Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the keenly contested polls
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John Dramani Mahama benefitted from the untimely death of former President Jerry John Rawlings, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has claimed.
Rawlings died on November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, whilst receiving treatment after a short illness.
He was 73.
Even though Mahama was defeated by President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general elections, Otchere-Darko maintained that he got sympathy votes due to the passing of the former president.
“Surely, like 2012, John Mahama benefited in 2020 from some sympathy votes from the passing of another former NDC leader and, this time, founder of the NDC.
“Never mind the fact that Jerry Rawlings did not vote for John Mahama in 2012 and would probably not have voted for the NDC flagbearer in 2020, as well,” he stated.
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Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president for another four-year term on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Heads of state from across Africa and dignitaries watch him took the oath of office at a ceremony in Accra.
He defeated Mahama in the keenly contested polls garnering 51.302% of the ballots against the latter’s 47.359%.
Mahama rejected the outcome, arguing the verdict was “stolen”, filing a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the results.
The NDC said it will not acknowledge Akufo-Addo as president.
Addressing a news conference in Accra on Friday, January 8, 2021, the general secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said: “Let me state without any equivocation that the NDC shall not recognize Akufo-Addo as the President of Ghana until all issues surrounding his flawed elections are satisfactorily resolved.”
According to Mahama, his petition at the Supreme Court aimed at removing doubts in the minds of Ghanaians over the credibility of the electoral process.
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