General News of Sunday, 31 December 2000
The executive of the NDC in the Northern Region on Saturday congratulated the NPP on its victory in the presidential run-off. In a release signed by the Regional Chairman, Alhaji Mahamadu Maida, said the part recognises that an election involves a winner and a loser and as democrats accept the verdict of the people.
He said the NDC considers the final outcome of the run-off as a victory for Ghana's developing democracy. It thanked supporters of the NDC for their courage, loyalty and dedication and cautioned them to exercise restraint and to remain calm for a smooth transition.
The statement appealed to the leadership of the NPP to restrain its supporters to avoid acts of intimidation, threats and molestation of NDC supporters.
Much as the NDC appreciates the NPP's right to rejoice and celebrate their victory, "we consider it unfortunate attempts by some supporters of the NPP to use NDC T-shirts and emblems to damage the image of the NDC in their celebrations".
The executives thanked the security agencies and the Electoral Commission for the able manner it conducted the elections.