The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama, made accusations that President Akufo-Addo did not denounce election-related deaths during the December 2020 elections.
However, the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, refuted these claims.
In reaction to the accusations made by Mahama on January 7, Mr. Arhin posted a video clip on Facebook of President Akufo-Addo’s victory speech, which was given on December 9, 2020, at his Nima, Accra, home.
The President denounced the events in the video that led to the deaths of eight people during the general election.
In the video, President Nana Akufo-Addo said, “I condemn in no uncertain terms the isolated incidents of post-electoral violence in Odododiodioo and Techiman that led to a few regrettable deaths. May their souls rest in peace. We must work to avoid the repetition of such events in the future.”
Consequently, Mr. Arhin emphasized what he believed to be the falsity of Mahama’s assertion that President Akufo-Addo, “has not uttered even a word of sympathy to the bereaved families,” citing the President’s censure during the triumph speech.
He pleaded with Mahama to accept the verifiable facts and congratulate President Akufo-Addo on his election victory in 2020.
“Former President Mahama’s claims that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo “has not uttered even a word of sympathy to the bereaved families” is simply not true. He should, therefore, do the needful and congratulate President Akufo-Addo on his victory in 2020,” he posted.
On January 7, 2024, during the celebration of the 31st anniversary of Ghana’s Fourth Republican Constitution, Mr. Mahama made these accusations in a statement.
He claimed that President Akufo-Addo had not shown sympathy to the bereaved families, citing the eight deaths that occurred during the 2020 elections and criticizing the government for actions that undermine democratic rights.