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10.12.2008 Regional News

'April Fool' Hits Kumasi

By Daily Guide
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IN WHAT can be described as 'April Fools Day', the New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters in the Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi, in jubilant moods took to the streets claiming their party has won the polls on Monday evening.

Clad in the ruling party's paraphernalia, the excited supporters, including women and children some as young as five years old were seen dancing and chanting the NPP slogan.

Ironically at the time of the jubilations the Electoral Commission (EC) had just released the results of about one hundred of the 230 constituencies in the country.

The spontaneous jubilations which started around 7:00 pm lasted deep into the night in most parts of the city.

The drinking spot operators in the city who have been inactive since last Saturday were seen making brisk business as the jubilant NPP faithful gulped alcoholic drinks in large quantity.

Taxi drivers in the city were not left out in the impromptu celebrations; immediately they saw the jubilant NPP fans on the streets most of them started driving at top speed, amid hooting of horns and cheers from onlookers.

Prior to these unannounced euphoric scenes, the boisterous city had for the last three days become a 'ghost town'; Kumasi had uncharacteristically been quiet since Saturday evening.

The wild jubilations were particularly rampant in Ash Town , Krofrom, Bantama, Asafo and Suame suburbs of the Garden City.

 The overjoyed NPP supporters who could not contain their ecstasy claimed that they have concrete information that their party has emerged winners in the tightly-matched elections.

An excited looking Kwaku Mensah speaking to DAILY GUIDE said he heard from his friends that the NPP had won the elections hence he taking to the streets to jubilate.

All attempts by DAILY GUIDE to alert Kwaku that the EC was yet to declare the results of the polls proved futile as he said, “I have been waiting for this result for too long and nobody can prevent me from celebrating it”.

Another jubilant, Afia Kwakyewaa noted that the provisional results of the polls being announced by the radio stations pointed to 'onetouch' victory for the NPP “that is why I am jubilating”.

To her, since the NPP had taken the lead there was no way that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) could overtake them.From Fred J.A. Ibrahim Jnr., & Morgan Owusu, Kumasi

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