Traffic came to a halt when supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) took to the streets in parts of the Kumasi Metropolis on Saturday afternoon to celebrate, following the declaration of Professor John Evans Atta Mills as President-Elect of Ghana by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the Electoral Commissioner.
The supporters, mainly the youth, clad in party colours, spontaneously poured out onto the streets, some on motorbikes and others on roofs and in the boots cars, while some were hooked onto bumpers of fast moving vehicles as they sang and shouted party songs and slogans across parts of Kumasi.
When the Ghana News Agency team visited areas like Asawase, Aboabo Number One, Aboabo Number Two, Sabon Zongo, Old Tafo, Alabar, Suame and other settler communities in the metropolis, jubilant supporters were seen in processions and had virtually taken over the roads making vehicular movement very difficult.
Interestingly, some of them wore NPP t-shirts and carried posters of CPP while others did the “kangaroo” dance.
At Alabar, a mosque was filled with people in NDC party colours praying and thanking Allah for making their choice a reality. Some of the jubilant supporters, who spoke to the GNA, said they were happy that at long last the Electoral Commissioner had declared Prof. Mills winner of the Presidential Runoff.
At the central business district of Adum, people were seen going about their normal duties and towards the Manhyia and Ashtown, there were pockets of people along the streets or on their verandas ostensibly discussing and debating the outcome of the elections.
Areas such as Bantama, Krofrom, Asokwa, Asafo, Amakom and considered to be predominantly NPP strongholds, were very quite.