Akufo-Addo Runs From IEA & Mahama Debates

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Kweku Baako, Bawumia, Agyarko Confirm NPP Flagbearer’s Disinterests In Facts and Figures

The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, has finally revealed that, the long awaited appearance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and its Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) evening encounter ahead of the December 7 elections, will not come on.

The event had twice been rescheduled by the NPP with the excuse that, the party’s manifesto wasn’t ready. But the revelation that Nana Addo, isn’t interested in debating anyone, suggests he has not been interested in facts and figures.

Indeed, many say his mind is made up, and that facts and figures might confuse him, especially when his claims are subjected to strict proof.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, who said he was hugely disappointed that the NPP flagbearer, has decided not to attend the evening encounter, also said
President John Mahama’s call to engage Mr. Akufo-Addo in a debate, would serve no purpose in the current circumstances.

Speaking on Joy FM News analysis Programme News File on Saturday, Mr. Baako, stated that whoever was waiting for Nana Akufo Addo, to attend the IEA debate must forget it, as his independent checks, revealed that Nana Akufo-Addo, would never make it.

The NPP running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has also given indications that his Presidential Candidate, would not debate anybody on any platform.
Addressing supporters at Sangban in the Tatale-Sanguli Constituency of the Northern Region, Dr. Bawumia said, “I want to challenge him to come to Sangban and debate with his people of Sangban on the economy. He should tell the people of Sangban what he has done for them in the last eight years.”

“If they want a debate on the economy, they should come and debate here inside Sagban with the people of Sangban. They will tell them how their economy has been run.”

“He should tell the people of Northern Ghana and the people of Sanban what he did with the SADA money. He should go and debate with farmers, who cannot buy fertilizer, because of his policies.”

The three-time Presidential candidate’s turn at the IEA debate which was scheduled for August 9, was called off indefinitely without any reasons from the Institute.

That was the second time the IEA has called off the evening session with the former attorney general, after an initial date in July, also failed to pull through.

President John Mahama and the NDC, also declined to participate in the encounters, which have become a feature in Ghana’s elections beginning in 2000.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, said the NPP missed the opportunity to use the IEA platform to sell its Presidential candidate and his vision for Ghana to the electorate in the period leading to the crucial elections.

“I’m so disappointed that the NPP and Nana Akufo Addo did not get onto the IEA platform…my own checks shows it is not going to happen. I do not think the NPP showed enough commitment, they gave all sorts of reasons about…we are waiting to deal with our manifesto before we come on board, two or three times, there is no formal letter from the NPP to the IEA as to the reasons why its candidate is not going to appear on the IEA platform. I say it’s a disappointment, it won’t happen now because it’s too late because of the way the campaign sequence is,…it’s too late.

That is why I’m firm in my mind that they decided not to participate in it. The debate won’t happen, that is a disappointment I have to express publicly.”

On President Mahama’s request for a debate with Mr. Akufo-Addo to contest some wild claims by the NPP and its flagbearer ,the veteran journalist, believed that given the “circumstances”, “sequence of events”, and “timing”, the president’s request is a non-starter.

He referred to the governing NDC’s refusal to participate in this year’s presidential debate organized by the IEA as a point.

Mr. Baako, insists Mr. Mahama’s call for a one-on-one debate is pointless, adding “the president’s call for a one-on-one debate with Nana Addo…was dead on arrival, completely dead on arrival,” he said on the same Multi TV’s Newsfile on Saturday.

He said, even with the disqualification by the Electoral Commission (EC) of some 12 presidential aspirants from the 2016 polls, there are two other candidates in the contest aside the two main contenders, and wondered, if Mr. Mahama’s call for a one-on-one debate now, would not amount to discrimination, as his party had raised with the IEA’s idea of a similar format.

He asked: “What has changed that now the leader of the NDC, our president, will be calling for a one-to-one? The other political parties are dead and gone? Are they still around? Are they insignificant? Will that not be discriminatory? Where is the principle, where is the consistency? Where is the conviction?”

Mr. Baako, also rejected the excuse that the president was calling for such a debate to take the opposition leader on for some ‘untruths’ peddled by him and wondered why a debate should be sanctioned between the “two giants” over only a few issues.

“A debate must be on all the issues, but he has singled out the motivation,” Mr. Baako added, wondering why Mr. Mahama turned down the IEA’s offer, which would still have presented him with the opportunity to take his main opponent on.

The NPP Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wougon, Emmanuel Kyeremanten Agyarko, also described the behavior of President Mahama and his governing NDC as spoiled brats.

Speaking on CITI FM’s Big Issue, Mr. Agyarko said, “I think the NDC is behaving like a spoiled brat. They live in this country and they think everything must be at their beck and call. They think they that they must determine the outcomes for everybody and everything in this country.”

He said, this also in response to President Mahama’s challenge for one-on-one debate with Mr. Akufo-Addo.

He further said, President Mahama’s actions in recent times demonstrated “very clearly a man that is confused.”

“From nowhere, out of nothing, the man comes one day and says; now I want a debate with Akufo-Addo. What has happened, what is new,” Mr. Agyarko questioned.

He reinforced his “spoiled brat” comments by also accusing the NDC of simply wanting to pick and choose debate platforms, as he reminded that the NDC, had boycotted the tried and tested platform the IEA provided for a similar debate.

“All of a sudden, the NDC comes not just saying they don’t want the platform but actually attacking the integrity of the organizers of that platform,” Mr. Agyarko said.

“There has been a time honoured, time tested way we have always done this. So what is the President talking about now,” he stated.

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