Julius Debrah, the chief of staff to President John Mahama, reportedly walked out on a meeting held on December 9 to deliberate on whether Mahama should make a concession call to Nana Akufo-Addo who had established an insurmountable lead in the election and had been declared winner by some several independent observers.
According to a report by Accra-based Asempa FM, Debrah argued in the meeting between the president's team and National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives that it was hasty and politically unwise for Mahama to concede defeat ahead of the Electoral Commission's official declaration.
The NDC executives, however, disagreed with him, saying a concession call from Mahama would help defuse tension among supporters of the party.
After back and forth arguments, Debrah is said to have walked angrily out of the meeting, the report said.
Those who attended the meeting included President Mahama, Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, First Lady Lordina Mahama, NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketia, NDC Chairman Kofi Portuphy, NDC National Organiser Kofi Adams and other top party and government functionaries, the Asempa FM report added.
It appears that Mahama eventually made the decision to concede defeat, making the call at about 7:45pm on the night of December 9.
His call came just a few minutes before the EC chairperson, Madam Charlotte Osei, declared Akufo-Addo winner of the election and president-elect of Ghana.