It was a great sight to behold last Friday night when the Returning Officer for the 2016 presidential elections, Charlotte Osei pronounced the New Patriotic Party’s candidate, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo as winner of the polls with a 53.97 percentage victory.
Loud and rapturous jubilation could be heard in almost every corner of the city moments after this famous announcement.
From the principal streets of the famous Bantama (Florida) to the always calm but traffic-prone street of Atonsu, there were deafening shouts of joy and merriment all over with commercial drivers leading the celebration.
From the tooting of car horns by private and commercial drivers, the playing of loud sounds from drinking spots and wild celebrations thousands of people could be seen flooding these streets in joyous mood.
Even though Kumasi ordinarily are quiet and traffic-free during the night, not so was the case last Friday as people in spontaneity blocked all roads leading to the main routes of Asafo and Bantama forcing people to walk on their feet to various joints of celebration.
People from all walks of life including very old men and women, the youth and the middle-aged were seen walking on foot to every place they could find people gathered and celebrating.
As if being choreographed by a leader of an orchestra, most supporters of the NPP wore party t-shirts with small pieces of vuvuzellas blowing them out with deafening sounds.
Strangely enough, the NPP supporters rather played the songs that were associated with the ruling but losing National Democratic Congress (NDC) party.
At the Ashanti Regional Headquarters of the NPP, party folk and sympathizers had flooded the inner perimeter with swelling numbers.
With large sounds from sound systems the supporters sang and danced with extreme energy and merriment.
Though no official was present to speak to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper upon our arrival, however, Collins Owusu Amankwah, Incumbent MP for the Manhyia-North Constituency who attempted to drive past the area was taken hostage as party people poured powder on him.
Speaking to the paper later, Mr Amankwah acknowledged the NPP’s victory had been actuated by God Almighty and the good people of the Country.
‘’My brother though I know our party and supporters worked hard for this victory I would rather give all the credit to God Almighty who touched the hearts of the good people of Ghana to endorse the NPP for this famous victory’’, Hon Amankwah posited.