Spokesperson for the NPP flagbearer Nana Akuffo-Addo, Mustapha Hamid, has responded to recent calls by the President for the two candidates to hold a Presidential debate as hypocritical and just empty rhetoric to be used on the campaign trail.
The President has issued two public challenges to Nana Addo within the past few days, calling on the 72 year old to meet in a one-on-one debate to discuss the issues – but Hamid says that is simply not how things are done among serious society.
“Is that how debates are done? If you want to challenge Bukom Banku or Azumah Nelson to a boxing bout, do you sit on radio and say I want Bukom Banku for a fight. Is that how it is done?” Mustapha Hamid responded to the challenge.
“If you want to challenge somebody to a debate, you write to him, the presidential candidate, New Patriotic Party… you write a letter, then you sign it, then it is delivered then we give you a response. Then based on our response you can go to the public and say; I invited them to a debate and they didn’t come.”
Mustapha Hamid added that the President is the one who has been running from the IEA debate, yet all of a sudden is screaming in public that Nana is the one avoiding him.
“The IEA is the accepted institution that has been organising debates over the years. The IEA said that they had a timetable for presidential debates; he said that he was not interested in that so at what point did he suddenly realise that debates are important?” Hamid wondered.
“…This is hypocritical, it is not sincere.” he added.
The President, in two separate interviews this week, has strongly called on Nana Addo to meet him for a one-on-one debate to discuss all the issues concerning the lives of Ghanaians.