We start today’s news media review with the following headlines
The Daily Graphic carries the headline “You Have Nothing to Fear … Akufo-Addo Assures Political Opponents”. The paper reports that the administration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will not undertake any acts of witch-hunting against its opponents in the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the president-elect, Nana Akufo –Addo, has assured Ghanaians. He said the major preoccupation of his administration would be to address the myriad of challenges confronting the country in order to put it onto the path of progress and prosperity.
Daily Graphic also has the headline “Office of Special Prosecutor in Offing”. The President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, says one of his initial priorities will be to establish the office of the special prosecutor as part of measures to deal with corruption. The move, according to him, was intended to ‘separate politics from criminal investigation’. Nana Akufo Addo won the December 7 presidential election convincingly by securing 5,716,609 votes, representing 53.84%, of the valid votes cast to beat the incumbent President, Mr. John Mahama, who obtained 4,713,277 votes making up 44.40% of the votes cast.
“Blame me for defeat - Kofi Adams” is the headline in the New Crusading Guide. The paper reports that the Campaign coordinator of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams has taken the blame for their gargantuan defeat in the December 7 general elections. According to him, as leader of the team, it is appropriate to take responsibility for the errors in order not to make repeat them in future. President Mahama suffered a humiliating defeat after he polled just 44.40% of the total valid votes cast as against 53.85% of his main contender, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Chronicle with the caption “Stop Attacks on Opponent … NPP, NDC Tell Supporters”. According to the story, the two major political parties in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have both condemned the recent violence emanating from the victory of the former in the just ended elections. Though the election itself was peaceful, reported violence are being recorded, as some supporters on both sides of the political divide have suffered various degrees of injury, as a result of excessive jubilating or teasing by the winning team.
The Daily Guide also carries the headline “Nana Beats Mahama with 1m Votes”. President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo made history last Friday when against all odds, he defeated incumbent John Dramani Mahama with a margin of over one million votes. While Nana Akufo-Addo’s vote appreciated significantly, National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) John Mahama’s dropped. Nana Addo widened the gap with 1,002,749 votes with four more constituencies outstanding. In the 2012 election, Nana Addo won in two regions (Ashanti and Eastern), but now has six to his credit, including the four swing regions-Brong Ahafo, Western, Central and Greater Accra.
We conclude today’s newspaper review with the headline in Today “We’ve no regrets voting against NDC”. According to the paper, voters in the traditional areas in the Volta Region say they have no regrets voting against the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December7, polls. In an interview with Today some of the supporters of the NDC in Akatsi, Juapong, Kete Krach, Ho, Nkwanta, Agbozume, Dzode, Abor, Afefe, Dambala, Kpando, Torgor, Dzemini, Buem, Sogakope, Afloa and Keta said they deliberately voted against the NDC “because their live have not seen any improvement ever since they voted for the NDC under President John Dramani Mahama.”
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