How Nana Addo defeated Mahama in the Central region
Some Ghanaians are even referring to the historic success chalked by the NPP.
But the road to the presidential seat has not been an easy one.
Nana Addo when against all odds, he defeated incumbent Mahama with a margin of over one million votes.
While Nana Addo's votes appreciated significantly, National Democratic Congress' (NDC's) Mahama's dropped. Nana Addo widened the gap with 1,002,749 votes.
In the 2012 election, Nana Addo won in two regions (Ashanti and Eastern), but now has six to his credit, including the four swing regions – Brong-Ahafo, Western, Central and Greater Accra.
With a winning margin of 53.85% to 44.40% (including victory in each of the four swing regions of Greater Accra, Western, Central and Brong Ahafo), Nana Addo beat Mahama to the presidency.
In the Central region, Nana Addo polled 496,668 votes representing 53.22% whiles Mahama polled 405,262 votes (43.43%).
The NDC won in the region in 1996, 2008 and 2012 to rule the country, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won in the Central Region in 2000, 2004 and 2016 to grab the presidential seat.
The Central region is no longer a safe region for the NDC.
Comparing the votes polled in the Central region between the NPP and the NDC in the 2012 election, Mahama got 492,374 (52.12%). His political opponent Nana Addo polled 430,135 (45.53%).
After the defeat of the NDC, Mahama has attributed the NDC's massive loss in the Central region to disunity and egocentric tendencies among its members.
In terms of parliamentary elections, prior to the 2016 general elections, the NDC had 16 seats in the region, whilst the NPP had 7, but the NPP grabbed 19 seats leaving only 4 for the NDC after the 2016 votes.
The big question is will the incumbent NPP government maintain its number in the Central region or hand over to the NDC in 2020?
Below is a table chart of how the NDC lost to the NPP in the Central region. (Parliamentary)
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