Hundreds of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters in Northern Region took over some streets in the Tamale Metropolis to protest against the declaration of President elect-Nana Akufo Addo by the Electoral Commission in the just ended Presidential and Parliament polls.
The Party said evidence it had gathered proved that the elections which had been declared in favor of the incumbent was unfair and far from credible since their tally with the pink sheet convinces them enough that former president John Mahama should have been declared winner of the polls.
The over a thousand (1000) NDC supporters who were clad in red and black as well as the party’s insignias chanted their displeasure saying they wanted the E.C. and Ghanaians to know how serious they were with the issue of cheating.
President Akufo-Addo was re-elected for a second term with 6,730,413 votes representing 51. 59% of the votes cast, while the former president obtained 6,214,889 votes representing 47.36%.
What began as a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday morning in Tamale, also recorded some burning of car tyres at various intersections and roundabouts including the Abedi Pele roundabout leading to Nyohini and the middle of the routes where the demonstrators took.
They were later addresed by their leadership including Sofo Azorka and Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila, Regional Chairman who gave the EC a 3 day ultimatum to reverse its earlier declaration to favor Former President John Dramani Mahama.
The aggrieved NDC supporters were accompanied by heavy security presence led by the police. Some military and fire service tender was also at hand to douse the bellowing thick smokes.
A Communication officer for Tamale south constituency of the NDC, Abdul Ganiwu Sandoo who also took part in the protest said it was meant to ensure that their votes were accounted for and for ex- president Mahama to be declared as the legitimate winner of the 2020 elections.
“This demonstration is to express our displeasure at the E.C. and to let Ghanaians at large turn their minds to what is happening. The NDC isn’t afraid of losing an election, but if we are losing, things should be clear and convincing enough and anything short of that is unacceptable,” he added.
Credit: Sherihan Abdul Aziz and Nelson Adanuti Nyadror