Buhari congratulates Ghana’s president-elect

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, on his historic win of the December 7 Ghana presi­dential election.

President Buhari also felici­tated with the Government and people of Ghana, the National Electoral Commission, and candidates of political parties, for the decorum, maturity and peaceful conduct of the election that produced a winner from an opposition party, who was con­testing for the third time.

Akufo-Addo is a scion of one of the biggest political families in Ghana, and Buhari believes that with the lessons learnt from previous unsuccessful attempts preceded by years of service to the country, most notably as Foreign Affairs Minister, he is widely experienced and skilled in leadership to build on the leg­acies of President John Dramani Mahama.

The Nigerian leader extolled the statesmanship and great leadership qualities of Mahama, who came to power at a trying period for the country with the passing away of former Presi­dent John Atta-Mills, and kept pushing for a better life for all Ghanaians, and strengthening diplomatic relations with coun­tries in the sub-region, especial­ly Nigeria.

He particularly commended the incumbent President for the great courage to call his oppo­nent and concede defeat, stress­ing that leaders must always honour their pre-election pledge to accept the results of polls as the will of the people.

“President Buhari remains optimistic that the future of African development rests on building strong political, demo­cratic institutions, ensuring free, fair and credible elections, and respect for the sanctity of the ballot.

“He urged the President-elect and other winners of the par­liamentary elections in Ghana to be magnanimous in vic­tory while losers should explore peaceful and legal mechanisms to challenge the outcome of the polls where necessary.

“President Buhari notes that the greater interest of the coun­try and the stability of the sub-region should be uppermost in the minds of all stakeholders”, said a presidency statement.

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