President John Mahama has dared the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo Addo for a debate indicating that “he (Nana Addo) has made a lot of contentious statements.”
According to the President “I’m willing to debate Nana Akufo-Addo any day even if you call him today, I will put it here and start debating the issues. So I don’t have a problem with debating Nana Addo…, I would have wished that you had him hear so that we would debate those issues”.
The president was speaking to TV3 New Day on Monday on a number of issues including criticism over his governance style which he says “is transforming lives of Ghanaians.”
The main opposition New Patriotic Party, its flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo and his running mate, Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia have on several occasions questioned the governance style of the president accusing him of running down the country’s economy and bringing unbearable hardships on the citizenry.
Nana Addo recently held what he termed was the real state of the nation address after the president had delivered his mandated State of the Nations address to the house of Parliament.
This, the president has denied and said his achievements are evident for all to see. President Mahama has indicated that he would be available for a debate during the campaign season depending on whether his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is willing to participate.
He said “Essentially our parties are involved in agreeing on the format of the debate and who organizes it and all that so it’s not for me to say. I’m sure the NDC party at the appropriate time, if they are invited to a debate, would have to take a decision on whether they feel comfortable with whoever is organizing the debate.”
By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|tv3network.com|Ghana