Nana Akufo-Addo scooped 94.35 percent of total votes cast (117,413 votes) at the NPP’s Delegates’ Congress on Saturday to seal his third shot at the presidency.
Former Trade Minister Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen was second runner-up with 5,908 votes representing 4.75 percent of total valid votes cast. MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh polled 1,128 representing 0.91 percent.
With this result, Nana Akufo-Addo makes history as the first presidential candidate to obtain such a massive win at a competitive primary. The results also show a progressive growth in his share of votes over the last three primaries.
In this year’s election, a constitutional requirement forced a Super Delegates’ congress to prune the number of aspirants from seven to five. That election served a perfect precursor to Saturday’s delegates’ congress because Nana Akufo-Addo obtained 80.81 percent of the 740 votes cast.
Mr Akufo-Addo, a lawyer and former diplomat, now has one last chance to be president of Ghana.
Political analysts believe the NPP failed to retain power in 2008 because of divisions. Mr. Akufo-Addo will be keen to mend the cracks and go into the 2016 elections with a united party – something he has vowed to do.