This Day (Lagos)

Ghana: Mahama Sworn-in, Woos Opposition Parties

President John Dramani Mahama has appealed to the opposition political parties in Ghana to accept his victory as infinite political triumph for the entire country as against their feelings of loss.

Reading from an i-pad, Mahama, who may have taken a cue from the absence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which boycotted the occasion alleging that the president's mandate was a stolen one, said the success or failure of Ghana is in the hands of the citizenry.

Mahama, who was sworn-in Monday for another four year tenure before a large crowd at the Black Star square, pledged to improve the quality of education, create more employment opportunities and provide good health services to the Ghanaian people, including those who did not vote for him and do not share his religious conviction.

Twelve African heads of state including President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Jacob Zuma of South Africa among others graced the event lending it the credence of being Pan African union of some type, which Mahama used to urge his opponents to see his victory from the 'limitlessness of the potentials of Ghana and not from powerlessness of their defeat'.

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