Gov't Denies Reports of President Akufo-Addo Congratulating Liberian Presidential Candidate
| Updated Dec 28, 2017 at 10:08am
The Government says reports suggesting that President Akufo-Addo has congratulated Liberian Vice President, Joseph Boakai, as the winner of that country’s presidential run-off, are false.
According to a statement by Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, the fake publications are being fuelled by some opponents of the government.
A snapshot of a video footage circulating on social media captures President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo congratulating Vice President Joseph Boakai who is also flagbearer of the Unity Party (UP), for his electoral victory over the leader of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Senator, George Oppon Weah.
But the Government statement says the publication is untrue.
“The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to a false news report that President Akufo-Addo has congratulated one of the contestants in Liberia’s Presidential run-off.
“Unsurprisingly, this fake news is making the rounds on news portals belonging to political opponents of the government and being circulated on social media by political opponents.
The statement stated, “categorically that the President has made no such call, and we urge Ghanaians to disregard this false news.”
It indicated that: “Just like the rest of the world, we will await the results of the run-off as declared by Liberia’s Electoral Commission.”
Official results are expected to be declared Friday, December 29, 2017, but reports suggest former football star, George Manneh Weah 51, is leading Joseph Boakai, 73.
Mr Weah won the first round, but did not secure the required 50% of the vote for an outright victory.
Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president.