The BBC's Kwaku Sakyi-Addo has been keeping a diary for Ghana's presidential polls and now describes his feelings on hearing the long-awaited result.
Kwaku has been on the campaign trail for the BBC
Yipeeeeeee! Sorry, if I'm causing your screen to steam up with my hot (but fresh) breath.
But it's an understatement to say that I'm exxxxcited that
the election and its three days of drip result-reporting are over.
Now we have a winner: John Kufuor - 53%, and John Atta Mills, 44%.
Edward Mahama got a whopping 1.9%, and George
Aggudey, a resounding 1%.
The two of them were "lapped" many
times over as the strong do the weak in middle distance running.
It's a shame because I like Dr Mahama. He should've
accepted the offer from Kufuor four years ago to be his running mate.
He could've been looking at a real chance at the presidency in 2008. Now he's
history without having been part of it.
But I guess I'm too simple-minded to appreciate the peculiar operating system that politicians are powered by.
Which brings me to Mills' petition to the electoral commission on Thursday
night to do a Florida; have a recount of the entire national ballot just
when you thought he was going to make that phone call to Kufuor instead, so
I could go home to bed.
His reason? There were too many spoiled and
rejected ballots from his strongholds.
So? Honestly, I took that petition
Today, though, as the haze of defeat cleared, Mills gave in.
"I wish to
congratulate J A Kufuor and the other contestants..." he wrote.
reached out earlier during a press conference in his garden.
"I know what
it's like to lose an election. Let's give him time," he said.
Mills must be pondering his future now. But any further politics would be poor advice.
As for One Per Cent Aggudey, one of his posters read: "George Aggudey, yours
I suspect this buried human treasure will take another shot in four years, strong in his faith that he can't possibly sink deeper.
And that's enough champagne, Mr. President. You've got work to do.
Me? I'm off to bed. Good night.