A former Chief of Staff has denied claims that his boss, former President John Dramani Mahama, was impressed upon by Manhyia Palace to accept defeat in the 2016 elections.
According to Mr. Julius Debrah, this claim is not supported by the facts.
The Asantehene had claimed in an address abroad that his palace had to convince the former President to hand over power after the polls that saw him losing with over one million votes to now President Akufo-Addo.
In a public statement Sunday, he said Mr. Mahama willingly accepted defeat and congratulated then-candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“I state without equivocation that the decision to concede and congratulate Nana Akufo-Addo even before the official results were declared was taken by President Mahama himself without any persuasion from any quarter,” the statement said in part.
His full statement is published below unedited.