Some political parties have also threatened to boycott the IEA debate
President Mahama’s participation in the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) debate has been greatly debated on considering the controversy brought about by IEA’s announcement of a debate without political parties’ consent. But the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC speaking on behalf of the party has categorically stated that Mahama will not take part in the IEA presidential debate.
This clearly shows that the ruling party is not pleased with the Institute’s failure to consult the party before deciding on the plan and date for the debate.
Anyidoho has said the party will not allow the IEA to disrespect the NDC. According to him, the institute cannot disrespect the structures of the ruling party. He has also pointed out that the NDC is a very disciplined structure and won’t tolerate such neglect of due protocols.
It had earlier been hinted by Abraham Amaliba, a member of the NDC legal team, that Mahama will not be in the country on the date scheduled for the debate. He had said that the president would be at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on the scheduled date which is sometime in September.
A good number of political parties across the country have frowned at the IEA for not giving any prior information to the respective stakeholders before making such decisions. Bernard Mornah of the the People’s National Convention (PNC), Asani Tano, Deputy General Secretary Of The Convention People’s Party, and many others have all expressed their disappointment over the institute’s move.
Some political parties have also threatened to boycott the IEA debate. That being said, we can only wait to see if all parties eventually boycott the debate.