NPP rejects Mahama’s debate challenge to Nana Addo
The New Patriotic Party has reacted to Mahama’s calls for a debate with its Flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo. Spokesperson of the party Mustapha Hamid has shot down possibility of a debate between the NPP leader and President John Mahama.
Speaking to Dzifa Bampoh on Joy FM’s Top Story on Thursday, Hamid said that Nana Addo would not waste any time debating an incompetent President, who has been unable to maintain his position on any issue in the country. He also pointed out that such tantrums by Mahama were thrown merely for propaganda purposes.
Emphasizing on his point, Hamid wondered why Mahama would call for a debate, when his party had turned down an invitation by Accra-based think tank, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), to partake in the 2016 Presidential Debate. He explained that if the NDC had turned down IEA’s debate, Mahama should not have the effrontery to demand for one with Nana Addo.
The NPP’s Director of Communication, Nana Akomea, also told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Inside Politics on Thursday, that Nana Addo would not honour the debate for the same reasons.
President Mahama had during an interview with Ovation Magazine, demanded a one-on-one debate with Nana Addo. He said the platform would be an opportunity to face off with him on the series of accusations being levelled against him by Nana Addo and the NPP.
Furthermore, the President reiterated his demands while speaking in an exclusive interview on Ho-based Volta Star Radio on Thursday. Mahama during the interview said that Ghanaians deserved a debate between himself and Akufo-Addo, to have the claims on economic crisis resolved.
Mahama first threw a debate challenge at Nana Addo during an interview with Accra-based TV3 in March 2016. He said he was willing to take Nana on all those contentious statements he made when he (Nana Addo) delivered his own version of the State of the Nation (SOTN) Address.
But NPP rejects Mahama’s debate challenge on the grounds that its Flagbearer would not honour a debate challenge from an inconsistent president.