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General News of Friday, 21 October 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

It’s too late for Nana Addo to debate Mahama – Prof. Ocquaye

But Prof. Ocquaye believes the NDC’s calls for a debate with Nana Addo has intensified because the party wants to divert attention from what he describes as President Mahama’s mismangement of the economy.

“ The NDC is trying to take the focus away from their economic mismanagement.They are bringing about the so called debate now because they know they have failed,” he added.

He indicated that a debate at this moment is unnecessary at this crucial time, since the NDC will only reduce it to what he calls “propaganda of the moment.” He believes the President should rather focus on being accountable to the citizenry .

“The President is going to the North. Let him rather tell the people in the North what happened to the guinea fowls, let him tell the people what happened to the roads and why they built school blocks twice the cost of what MTN built.”

Debate challenge hypocritical

Meanwhile Spokesperson for Nana Addo, Mustapha Hamid has rubbished President John Mahama’s calls for a one-one-one debate with the NPP flagbearer, describing it as hypocritical and insincere rhetoric.

Mr. Hamid argued that if President Mahama was 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 retorted: “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?”

“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.”