Unlike during the campaign towards December 7 elections in 2016 when President Mahama, on some of his tours, described president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo as a divisive character, this time around, he has been generous with kind words for his colleague.
In the past few weeks, President Mahama’s demeanour towards the president elect has changed considerably, especially in during his last state of the nation address where he shared some memories and confidence in the newly chosen leader of Ghana.
Here are 4 instances he had something nice to say about Nana Akufo-Addo.
Earlier this week during a meeting with delegations from the Indian High Commission as well as Iranian and Moroccan ambassadors, President Mahama urged them to keep supporting Nana Addo and his government to make sure they work well in the best interest of the country.
John Mahama also urged his compatriots to get behind his successor, Nana Akufo-Addo, during his last state of the nation address on Thursday saying he had worked with Nana Addo in Parliament for 12 years and had “utmost respect for him.”
"Taking breaks from the business of the house to grab something to eat at the snack bar, Nana Addo always stood at the end of the counter, his signature white handkerchief tucked into his sleeve. “Johnny” he would shout in greeting as he preferred to call me. Incidentally we both served three terms in this house, departing together in January 2009.”
“This is how long I have known the president-elect and worked with him. I have the utmost respect for him,“ President Mahama said.
Mahama told parliament in the capital, Accra, that he was happy to step down and let his long-time rival take the helm of one of Africa's most stable democracies.
“In fact, Mr. Speaker, we are all on the same team. We worked together when I served as Ranking member on the Committee of Foreign Affairs at a time Nana Addo was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration."
"I stand here today, Mr Speaker, holding the baton of leadership prepared to pass it on with pride, goodwill and determination to Nana Akufo-Addo and to ask all Ghanaians to cheer him on as he runs his portion of this important relay for Ghana," said Mahama.
He wished Nana Addo success in his tenure as president.
“I wish him all success in this regard. As I have said many times already, regardless of whose tenure in which these visions come to fruition, its success belongs to Ghana. They belong to all of us.”
Politicians are known to be feisty against each other during competitions but in real life, could be very close friends who share common interests that foster their political well beings.
What do you think of this new "friendship" between these two statesmen?