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Politics of Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Lecturer gives thumbs up to candidates; marks Ayariga down

All the candidates who took part in the IEA Presidential Debate were said by many to have put up a creditable performance, except one who majority think failed to live up to the expectation.

Some Ghanaians who stayed up late to watch and listen to the four presidential hopeful debate on Tuesday felt the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ National Convention, Hassan Ayariga actually performed below par.

And Dr Bossman Asare, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, thinks views expressed about Mr Ayariga’s performance were fair.

“Almost all of them did their best with the exception of one candidate; the remaining three did very well,” he stressed.

When pushed for the name, Dr Bossman Joy News: “Generally, I thought Dr Sakara and Nana Akufo-Addo were more aggressive although they were respectful, they appeared to be on top of the issues more than the others.

“But we must also understand that when you are the president you are the one in charge, you are always in the defensive mood because the others are going to put the pressure on you: they are going to set the agenda. So in spite of that the president too was able to hold onto [them]; at least what he was able to say was also sensible that he also did very well.

“But I thought Mr Hassan Ayariga did not do very well, the other three did very well.”

But for his general impression about the whole exercise yesterday, Dr Bossman said the debate went on well as the participants showed their commitment to the development of the nation, and deserve a “thumps up”.

Dr Bossman was however concerned whether those he and many touted to have discharged themselves well would be able to transform their ideas into reality.