Voters gave President John Mahama just one four-year term before they wielded the axe, rejecting him in an election on Wednesday that cemented Ghana’s reputation for democratic accountability in a region scarred by civil wars and coups.
A fiscal crisis had made the Mahama government vulnerable to challenge from the main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Aids to the New Patriotic Party leader Nana Akufo-Addo said he decided to stick to his prior campaign commitments, even though it meant missing the country’s only presidential debate.
President Mahama ordered them freed after they expressed remorse in a direct appeal, said a government statement. The men had also apologised in court.