General Secretary of the People’s National Convention Bernard Mornah has announced the readiness of his party’s flagbearer, Hassan Ayariga, to participate in Wednesday’s second and final presidential debate to be held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
Speaking on TV 3’s News @ 10 Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Mr Mornah said the Institute of Economic Affairs’ second Debate is “another day for him[Hassan Ayariga] to showcase what our party is made of.”
The PNC General Secretary was however disgruntled with the IEA’s treatment of their party after Flagbearer Ayariga announced Monday that he was not going to appear, citing the five-day national mourning of the late Aliu Mahama and a personal indisposition.
“They treated us without respect,” said Mr Mornah, pointing out that in 2008 when the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress refused to attend the debate, the Institute appealed to other parties including the PNC to convince the NDC to rescind its decision.
Mr. Mornah, therefore, said the PNC felt slighted by the stance of the IEA after Ayariga’s announcement.
He disclosed that the PNC’s flagbearer was the only one among the four, during the first Presidential Debate in Tamale, to have been bold with his opinions and convictions of the country.
“Our flagbearer was the only one, who was bold and exhibited a spirit of nationalism,” he said.
“He was the only one who said the economy was in the hands of foreigners.”
Hassan Ayariga is ready to participate in the Debate and will be as honest as he was during the October 30, 2012 debate, Mr. Monah added.