Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has queried President Mahama on why he chose Nana Akufo-Addo to debate with, instead of himself. He said this because he believes that the president finds Nana Addo an easy person to defeat in such contentions.
President John Dramani Mahama, who is the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Monday during an interview on TV3 challenged the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo to an open debate so as to enable him trash most of the ‘contentious’ statements the later has made of recent.
Nana Addo readily accepted the challenge from the president on the grounds that he is ready to do so if that will bring solutions to the problems facing the country.
However, the presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party, Paa Kwesi Nduom on the other hand dared the president to leave Nana Addo and instead come and face him is the said debate “on how to offer alternative solutions” to Ghana’s problems. He wonders if Mahama is avoiding to engage him in such an activity, seeing that he (Kwesi Nduom) has been calling on him for over a year no to face him in an open debate.
Below is the full statement from the PPP:
National Debate: Why Dodge Nduom
Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom is questioning why President John Dramani Mahama will prefer debating Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP instead of him (Dr Nduom) and wonders whether the NPP flag-bearer comes across as an easier match for the President.
Dr Nduom has been calling for a debate with the President over the past year on how to offer alternative solutions to the myriad of problems confronting the Mahama administration and for that matter Ghanaians.
Although neither the President nor any of his aides has responded to the Nduom request, the President has challenged Akufo Addo to a debate on “several contentious issues” raised by the NPP flag-bearer. That approach in itself as Dr Nduom puts it “is as contentious as the President’s reference to Akufo Addo critique of him as contentious”.
The President declared on TV 3 “I am willing to debate Akufo-Addo any day…he has made a lot of contentious statements which I am willing to debate him on and I wish he was here that I could debate him today”.
Dr Nduom questioned the President’s pick and choose attitude on the issue, wondering whether he dared Akufo Addo because he (Akufo Addo) comes out as an easy match to him (President); and further wondered whether by ignoring him (Dr Nduom), the President is aware that he is also ignoring the growing numbers of people that Dr Nduom appeals to. Particularly, the youth find Dr. Nduom’s attitude to job creation and inclusiveness attractive and worth supporting.
Dr Nduom believes he offers alternative solutions to the many disillusioned Ghanaians and that the people will appreciate a healthy debate with the President. A healthy debate on policies will help find solutions to the country’s problems.
According to Dr Nduom, “does President Mahama think he can ignore people that I appeal to?”
Dr Nduom insists that as President of the country, President Mahama should make himself ready to debate him on detailed policies on corruption, job creation and, therefore, beliefs he can withstand him in a debate.
Dr Nduom has been consistent with his solution-driven alternatives to the Mahama administration where he has been insisting that the country’s energy crisis, for instance, cannot be fixed within a year or two.
He has since 2008 insisted that the only way to ensure development at the local level is to elect Metropolitan and Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to ensure that they are responsible to the people who voted them into power and are therefore are obliged to heed to their wishes or get the sack after four years.
“If Ghanaians are smart enough to elect a President and a Member of Parliament, why can’t they be equally smart to elect their MMDCEs?”, Dr Nduom has been asking for the past eight years.
Dr Nduom has also been at the forefront of the corruption crusade where he believes that we can deal decisively with the canker if we separate the Attorney General’s Department from the Ministry of Justice to ensure that the A-Gs Department is replaced by an Independent Prosecutor who shall not cover-up corruption at higher places because of one’s political affiliation.
He has often referred the President to the Chapter 6 of the Country’s Constitution that defines what good governance should be: that is high quality, compulsory and continuous education at the basic level and how there should be no excuses for any president or administration to implement that chapter called Directive Principles of State Policy.