Popular anger caused Mahama's loss - Otumfuo

Popular anger caused Mahama's loss - Otumfuo

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has said that anger, hunger and frustration among Ghanaians cost former president John Mahama the 2016 presidential election.

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Popular anger caused Mahama's loss - Otumfuo

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Mahama, with 44 per cent of the valid votes cast, lost to Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who secured 53% of the votes.

Speaking when President Akufo- Addo called on him at the Manhyia palace on Saturday as part of his three-day "Thank You Tour" of the Ashanti Region, Otumfuo said several presidents had regretted not heeding his counsel.

He, therefore, advised Akufo-Addo to learn from what he said were the failings of Mahama and work hard to improve the livelihood of Ghanaians.

"Ghanaians voted during the 2016 election based on how hungry and angry they were with the Mahama-led NDC government. That is why he lost the election. Nana Akufo Addo must be told that if he doesn’t perform to the expectation of Ghanaians, he’ll be kicked out of office the same way John Mahama was done," he said.

Otumfuo, however, expressed confidence in Akufo-Addo's ability to transform Ghana for the better.

"I know Nana Akufo Addo is competent and will deliver. At this period of his life and with the height he’s attained, he’ll not amass wealth while in office. All he needs now is to make his name by leaving a legacy. Nana Akufo Addo must work to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians because the citizenry are looking up to him,” he said.

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