11 December 2012

Ghana: Ho Celebrates Mahama's Victory

Ho — Residents of Ho, the regional capital of the Volta Region on Sunday took to the streets in the municipality to celebrate the victory of President elect, John Dramani Mahama, moments after the results of the 2012 polls were declared by the Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.

Mr. John Mahama, then Vice President, became the interim Head of State after the demise of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills in July, this year.

He competed in the 2012 general elections on the ticket of the ruling party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) against six opposition parties and an independent candidate.

They include the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Great Consolidated People Party (GCPP), Convention People Party (CPP), Progressive People Party (PPP), United Front Party (UFP), People National Convention (PNC) and Jacob Osei Yeboah.

The Ho Municipality and the entire region had remained quite throughout Sunday, until Dr. Afari-Gyan released the results of the polls in the evening of that day, announcing Mr. John Mahama as the winner in the hotly contested elections.

Mr. Mahama polled 50.70% of the total valid votes cast to retain power for the ruling government.

The Volta Region is largely regarded in political circles as the 'World Bank' of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Immediately the results were released, hundreds of jubilant supporters were seen in all the major streets in the Ho Township, celebrating the victory of Mr. Mahama with the display of the party's red, green, black and white colours.

In some parts of the municipality, the blowing of vuvuzela, the honking of vehicles and the display of motorbikes took over the area.

The jubilation went deep into the night, as the borrowed slogan of the party -'Ede bi keke' was heard all over the streets.

Major streets from C.K road to NDC park, Police depot through to the Ho central market road, OLA to Civic center road and to K.K house road, Ahoe to Mawuli estate road, K.K house to the Volta regional hospital road among others, became jam-packed as hundreds joined the celebration, causing human traffic on the roads.

Apart from the street jubilation, most of the drinking spots in the town made reasonable sales, as some jubilant youth expressed their joy with bottles of beer and other drinks, with the belief that the new President would inspire them with hope. The win by the NDC was also discussed in small jubilant groups.

The Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Kodobisah, who had earlier spent sleepless night in the regional offices of the Electoral Commission to ensure that President Mahama and other parliamentary results were secured, could not afford to celebrate the victory at his residence alone, and so he joined the jubilant crowd on the streets.

Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Kodobisah said the votes from the Municipality were very encouraging and government would not forget about the people.

He said ongoing developmental projects in the municipality, such as road construction, provision of potable water and electricity, would be continued to make life better for the people.

Mr. Kodobisah said the four years ahead of the NDC under the leadership of President Mahama would definitely see infrastructural development at the main site for the University of Allied Health Sciences.

He commended the people for the confidence reposed in President Mahama and the NDC.

The North Dayi Constituency Treasurer of the NDC, Mr. George Sika, who also joined the fray in an interview with the paper, stressed that the party would remain a strong political force in the country and that the victory of John Dramani Mahama was a clear signal to opposition members who claimed that the ruling NDC was not a credible political party.

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