Politics of Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The disqualified Presidential Candidate of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor, has described as “useless,” the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)-organised presidential debate held in Tamale on Tuesday October 30, 2012.
In Madam Akua Donkor’s view, more than half the population of Ghana does not understand English, so having a debate in English was a non-starter and a waste of valuable resources.
The maverick 58-year-old farmer was speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show a day after the debate,as part of an Adom FM-organised mini-IEA Presidential debate for aspirants who were disqualified from taking part in the Tamale event because their parties do not have parliamentary representation.
It was also attended by Akwasi Addai aka Odike, candidate of United Front Party (UFP) and Jacob Osei Yeboah aka JOY 2012, the only Independent Candidate. The three candidates sparred over the same questions asked President John Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo, Hassan Ayariga and Abu Sakara Forster at the Presidential Debate.
Madam Akua Donkor, who can hardly express herself in English, dismissed Nana Akufo-Addo’s claim of making education free up to the SHS level if he is elected President, saying the NPP flagbearer had “stolen” her idea of making education free up to the tertiary level. She equally had harsh words for the NDC who she said had squandered all the years they have had in power.
She pledged to help an Nduom Presidency revive the many factories closed down over the years, especially the sugar, shoe and tomato factories to create jobs for the many unemployed youth.
Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ vowed to restrict non-Ghanaians desirous of doing business to short term areas to allow indigenous Ghanaians to control the economy.
‘I will not allow foreigners to take over Ghana’s economy. No foreigner will be allowed to partake in cocoa production for instance, because it is a long term project. They should not be allowed to enter and deprive Ghanaians of jobs. ‘I will transform Ghana, and make the national policy agenda work. Even if I don’t win, I will support whoever wins. It’s the winner-take-all attitude that is holding back our development.’
Jacob Osei Yeboah pledged a critical eye on the energy sector, complaining that due to the ongoing power outage and load shedding, he missed over an hour of the Tamale debate.
‘We need to look at other ways of generating energy than just the Akosombo dam. We can develop biogas from excreta to produce electricity to feed into the national grid. Even rubbish can be converted into electricity. We need to have visionary leaders, and Jacob Osei Yeboah will provide it.’