General News of Tuesday, 11 December 2012
President John Dramani Mahama on Monday stated that his victory in the just-ended general elections was not for him as the President of the republic nor the members of the National Democratic Congress but for all Ghanaians.
He said, “The election has just ended and the victory is not for John Mahama and the NDC government, but for all the people of Ghana, since we need all hands on deck to be able to govern the country peacefully and smoothly”.
President Mahama stated this when he addressed members of the NDC in what was described as ‘Victory Dance’ organized at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to celebrate their victory in the 2012 general election.
The programme attracted party members from all the suburbs of the national capital amidst singing and dancing.
As a side attraction, musicians were also invited to spice up the grounds to crown the victory that was received with thunderous applause at all the corners of the country.
President Mahama cautioned all party supporters against engaging in excesses in their bid to celebrate the victory in the general election.
“The issues at stake go beyond ethnic, religious and geographical location, and the election should be used as the turning point to tackle all those issues, rather than dwelling on petty issues that will not help in the growth of the country,” President Mahama added.
He commended all the stakeholders; national peace Council, Electoral Commission, various political parties, the media and the security agencies for playing their roles responsibly to ensure a peaceful and successful election this year.
President Mahama said having organized six successful elections since 1992, it was a feat worth celebrating and commended all Ghanaians and the Electoral commission for conducting themselves professionally before, during and after the election.
Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah said the success was chalked through hard work and appealed to all supporters to remain united to contribute their quota towards nation building.