Nii Lante Vaderpuije, the outgoing Minister for Sports has revealed that the phrase 'comfortable lead' which became one of the popular catch phrases out of the election 2016 vote collation period, was meant to "assuage the frustrations of supporters" of the National Democratic Congress.
According to him, the statement involving the now popular phrase made by Joyce Bawa, Mahama's campaign spokesperson, was a strategy to put nerves at ease, and buy time as the party could see an impending defeat.
"Let me say that it was strategic. I’ve come to see that it was strategic. We have what we call the boomerang effect; when the expectations of people are so high, if you are not careful and you don’t manage the expectation, and their frustration comes in, they could vent," he said.
The Member of Parliament for the Odododiodio constituency also said that the 'comfortable lead' phrase was to minimize the frustrations of supporters, adding that there would have been possible suicides due to anger of the people if they had admitted outright that they lost.
He stated that there were reports of people taking their lives after the NDC's loss, saying, "yes, I’ve heard of about three across the country. People could just not stand it… Even me, I broke down."
On Friday, December 9, 2016, the incumbent President Mahama conceded defeat to the NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo after losing to the latter at a margin of over a million votes.
On January 7, 2017, the Nana Addo administration will be inaugurated into power and the new government will take over the reins of the country.