Ghanaians on social media have launched a campaign dubbed #MahamaStopTheViolence to put pressure on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama, to urge his supporters to desist from violent protests.
At least 26 persons linked to the NDC were arrested on Thursday for protesting and causing mayhem at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission, the police have confirmed.
Clad in red and black, the supporters besieged the EC headquarters to protest against alleged rigging of the 2020 election in favour of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Journalists covering the protests have also been attacked by the supporters. Ghanaians have now resorted to social media to call out the leader of the largest opposition party to call his supporters to order.
— Ayew Okay (@OkayAyew) December 17, 2020
— zongo_hemaa (@HemaaZongo) December 17, 2020
— halima (@quuen_halima) December 17, 2020
— Iam_Fred (@_ONFred) December 17, 2020
— New Patriotic Party (@NPP_GH) December 17, 2020
— MOB2020 (@MOB20207) December 17, 2020
Meanwhile, the NDC has rendered an unqualified apology to the media for the treatment meted out to journalists in the aftermath of the 7 December elections.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra, Sammy Gyamfi, the Communication Director of the NDC, cautioned party supporters to refrain from assaulting journalists and media houses that attempt to cover events by the party.
On Wednesday 9 December, the chair of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, declared Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo winner of the 2020 presidential election after he defeated Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
Akufo-Addo won 51.59% of the total votes cast, against Mahama’s 6,214,889, a 47.36% vote share. Akufo-Addo polled a total of 6,730,413 votes out of the total 13,119,460, securing a majority of more than 517,000.
However, the NDC has since rejected the 2020 results, describing the election as “flawed.”
Mahama last week revealed the party will explore all legal avenues available to overturn the outcome of the elections.