The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the smooth conduct of the 2020 presidential elections in Ghana, should serve as an eye opener for Nigeria to undertake far-reaching electoral reforms that will address the shortcomings of Nigeria’s electoral process.
The former Nigeria’s Vice President stated this on Thursday in a tweet to congratulate the winner of the Ghana Presidential election, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Atiku wrote, “Congratulations to President @NAkufoAddo on his reelection. The smooth conduct of the Ghana elections should be an eye-opener to our nation.
“We must undertake far-reaching electoral reforms that address the shortcomings of our previous experiences and strengthen our electoral process.”
Recall that the incumbent President, Akufo-Addo was returned elected for a second term in office, the country’s electoral commission announced on Wednesday.
In the presidential race, Akufo-Addo received 51.59 percent of the vote, defeating opposition leader and former president Mahama’s 47.36 percent, the electoral commission said.
In a victory speech on Wednesday, the president-elect called for peace from all the Ghanaian citizens, irrespective of their political affiliations.
“Now is the time, irrespective of political affiliations, to unite, join hands and stand shoulder to shoulder,” 76-year-old Akufo-Addo said.
The polls were generally free and fair according to observers, but the police said five people were killed and 19 injured as a result of the election.