Mahama Should Debate Akua Donkor and Ayariga Instead –John Boadu

In his response to Mahama’s debate challenge, John Boadu has asked the President to go and debate one of the failed presidential candidates, like Ayariga and Akua Donkor.

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) National Campaign Coordinator, John Boadu, has urged President John Mahama to debate Akua Donkor or Hassan Ayariga, if he seeks to debate anyone. He said this in response to Mahama’s debate challenge to the NPP Presidential Candidate Nana Addo, ahead of the elections.

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President Mahama has been in the news following his calls for a face-off with the NPP Flagbearer. The NPP had turned down Mahama’s challenge, on the grounds that he as well as his party, already turned down an opportunity to debate Nanan Addo on the platform of grand policy thing tank, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

The NPP rather than honouring the President with a debate, asked him instead, to provide answers to the 170 questions asked by its Veep hopeful Dr. Bawumia, regarding the state of the economy.

But speaking to supporters at Gomoa Obuasi in the Gomoa Central constituency on Sunday, John Boadu jeeringly asked Mahama to go and debate one of the failed presidential aspirants – Hassan Ayariga of All People’s Congress (APC) or Akua Donkor of Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). The two aspirants are among the 13 presidential candidates disqualified by the Electoral Commission for failing to meet the requirements of candidacy.

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John Boadu added that the President is only throwing tantrums out of desperation, as he has already perceived his imminent defeat. He further urged the people to vote massively for the NPP to put an end to the economic challenges brought about by the Mahama-led administration. Mr. Boadu also called for vigilance at the polls from all NPP supporters, urging them to remain at the polling stations till winners were declared by the Electoral Commission.

President Mahama had reiterated his calls for a debate with Nana Addo saying it would afford him an opportunity to face off with the NPP Flagbearer on the series of accusations levelled against him by the NPP. Mahama was of the view that the NPP was simply misinforming the electorate with propaganda and his challenge would ensure a statistics based debate on the economy.