President John Mahama has ruled out the possibility of a runoff in the upcoming presidential election, stressing he would win in the first round.
He said the many scientific polls conducted by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) reveals a one touch victory against his political opponents.
Speaking on Upper East Regional based URA Radio Wednesday, after his tour of the Region, he said, “I am confident of victory because we will be able to achieve a first round victory.”
“We have done our own scientific polling and even some of the polling being done by independent people, the numbers are looking great and so I am confident that from what is being done scientifically, plus or minus any margin of error, we will make 50 percent plus,” he said.
President Mahama’s comment follows many surveys which have predicted victory for New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Research works by London-based Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) have revealed resounding win for Mr Akufo-Addo because of it said was the prevailing economic challenges in the country.
In EIU’s April and October surveys, NPP was tipped to defeat NDC in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
The international research institution had predicted the victory of late President John Evans Atta-Mills in the 2012 general elections, however, he died in July of that year.
President Mahama said despite surveys which have predicted a win for his closest opponent, he is winning the December polls.
“We are looking at issues of concern to people in different regions and so the campaign message is tailored to address the concerns we find in any particular region and the response we have got is very enthusiastic. Wherever we go, I have been warmly welcomed,” he said.
He said if he is given a second term, Ghanaians would see “far more than we are seeing in this first term.”
“It is not in my consideration, there is no event that we will be going into a second round, from what I am saying scientifically, plus or minus any margin of error, we will make 50 % plus.”