Politics of Friday, 23 November 2012
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party is accusing the president of grossly misrepresenting the Constitution of Ghana by insinuating that the constitution gives every candidate two terms.
Nana Akufo-Addo told Joy News such a misrepresentation from no mean a person than the president is worrying.
President John Mahama in his closing remarks in Wednesday’s second Institute of Economic Affairs Presidential Debate stated: “The NDC government has done a lot in four years. Our constitution gives presidents two terms. Take it that I am the spare driver or caretaker. Prof. Mills, of blessed memory, started the process and I am finishing his unexpired term. I believe the NDC government deserves a second term to be able to build on the foundation that it has laid in these four years.”
This Nana Addo insists is a clear misrepresentation of the constitution and should not have come from the president who is supposed to be the embodiment of the constitution.
After his failed attempt to rebut the president’s comments during yesterday’s debate [moderators said candidates cannot rebut during closing remarks] Nana Addo told Joy News’ Benjamin Tetteh the president erred when he said the constitution gives every candidate two terms.
He stated there is nowhere in the constitution that says that a candidate is entitled to two terms. “Otherwise what were we doing at the debate, if the president was entitled to two terms by the constitution?” he quizzed.
It is the people that give a second term and not the constitution, he stated.
He added if the people are satisfied with the performance of a sitting president they retain him in office to serve a second term, adding the constitution does not give an inalienable right of a second term to any president.