President John Dramani Mahama has reiterated his call for a debate with the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo
President Mahama had previously accused the NPP’s flagbearer of ‘running away’ from a debate with him.
According to the President, Ghanaians deserve a face-off between the two leading candidates ahead of December’s polls.
“I believe that Ghanaians deserve a debate between myself and Nana Akufo-Addo and I hope that they will respond and rise to the occasion,” the President said on Volta Star Radio during his campaign tour of the Volta Region.
The two parties have accused each other of lying to Ghanaians about the state of the economy in order to get their votes.
President Mahama believes that a debate between the two would allow Ghanaians to determine which of the lwo leading parties was telling the truth about the country’s prospects.
“If we have a one-on-one debate, we will all have our figures and Ghanaians will be able to see who is telling the truth,” the President said.
“When I threw the first challenge, I threw it because a lot of misinformation was being thrown all over the place and Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate continue to misinform the Ghanaian public and that is why I said let us have a one-on-one debate.”
“If we have a one-on-one debate, we will all have our statistics and our figures and Ghanaians will be able to see who is telling the truth and who is not telling the truth and who is not telling it.”
“They say the economy is in crisis. If we have a debate, you will show why you think the economy is in crisis. The documents are all there. The statistics are there.”
President Mahama also said a debate between the two would help “the people of the country get to know their candidates better and be able to make a sound judgement on who they want to continue to lead them so yes I stand by the challenge I threw.”
However the Spokesperson for Nana Akufo-Addo, has brushed off President John Mahama’s calls as insincere.
According to Mustapha Hamid, President Mahama was only pandering to the people’s desire for a one-on-one debate between the two leading candidates without actually wanting one. truly serious about debating Nana Akufo-Addo, he would have written an official letter to the NPP challenging the NPP Presidential Candidate to a debate.
He chastised President Mahama for his comments, questioning why he hadn’t written officially to the NPP challenging their candidate to a debate: “Is that how debates are done? If you want to challenge Bukom Banku or Azumah Nelson to a boxing bout, you sit on radio and say I want Bukom Banku for a fight. Is that how it is done?”
“Is that how debates are done? If you want to challenge Bukom Banku or Azumah Nelson to a boxing bout, you sit on radio and say I want Bukom Banku for a fight. Is that how it is done?,” Mustapha Hamid said
“If you want to challenge somebody to a debate, you write to him, the presidential candidate, New Patriotic Party… you write a letter, then you sign it, then it is delivered then we give you a response. Then based on our response you can go to the public and say; I invited them to a debate and they didn’t come.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana