Former president John Dramani Mahama has said he was not persuaded in any way by any individual to concede defeat after the 2016 elections.
The former president’s denial follows a comment made by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the UN High-Level Forum that he convinced John Mahama to concede defeat in 2016 to avoid any chaos in the country.
In a statement signed by his Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, Mr Mahama was at no point convinced to conceded defeat and that he took the decision to congratulate then candidate Akufo-Addo solely on his own.
“As former Chief of Staff to President Mahama, I was associated closely with all the pre, during and post 2016 poll events.
“I state without equivocation that the decision to concede and congratulate Nana Akufo-Addo even before the official results were declared was taken by President Mahama himself without any persuasion from any quarter,” he noted.
He said John Mahama willingly congratulated his opponent even before the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) announced the official results.
The statement reiterated Mr. Mahama’s commitment to ensuring peace prevails in the country.