The Founder of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor, has congratulated the President, John Mahama,on his election to lead the country for the next four years.
She has also admonished the presidential candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, whom she campaigned for, to do same and concede defeat.
She told graphic.com.gh that allegations of irregularities in the elections were unfounded, therefore, it was important that all who lost conceded to enable the nation to move on.
She said when the counting of ballots was being done at the polling stations, party agents were present and signed the necessary papers signifying their acceptance and wondered why after the declaration of results, some of the parties they represented should allege that there was fraud.
Madam Donkor said she personally spoke to some of the party agents and supervised others who belonged to the PPP fold who agreed that nothing untoward had occurred during the entire process.
“If they were of the view that there was fraud, they would not have appended their signatures to the documents, so I am surprised to learn that there are allegations of fraud after the declaration of results,” she said.
She said as someone who stood for elections in 2004 as an independent parliamentary candidate in Kwabre West and as an assembly woman earlier, she had an insight into elections and could notice rigging when it was being carried out.
She said her vigorous campaign for the PPP was partly responsible for the votes the party garnered in the polls and chastised Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom for failing to acknowledge her efforts after the elections.
“Dr Nduom has not even called me to congratulate me for campaigning for him. I had a call from a gentleman this morning who claimed to be speaking on behalf of Dr Nduom and who demanded that I hand over the Toyota Tundra given to me by Nduom but I made it clear that I will not,” she said.
She said as far as she was concerned, the vehicle was a gift and was not to be returned.
Madam Donkor said she would re-organise the GFP from next year and make it a formidable force for elections in 2016.
Story by Mark-Anthony Vinorkor