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NDC feels betrayed by PNC attendance

General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the decision by his party to snub the IEA debates was to fight for the smaller political parties in the country.

Asiedu Nketia
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“…we were surprised to see PNC, one of the parties we were fighting for, to now accept a private arrangement to go and appear on that platform.

“If we had insisted that each one for himself God for us all, so we are not affected by that decision to cut off other people, after all, we are big, let us go in, will PNC have gotten the opportunity to participate?” he asked on Accra-based Citi FM.

He said “The betrayal in our view is not consequential; it just puts us on alert that any time they are in trouble they wouldn’t need anybody to come to their defence.”

The National Democratic Congress had earlier announced its decision not to participate in any debate to be organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) ahead of the November polls.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said the decision was taken at the end of the party’s Functional Executive Committee (FEC) Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

“All Party Structures (especially the Youth and Women’s wings), are to take note and comply accordingly,” the statement added.

The ruling NDC had raised its misgivings from the start about the approach being adopted by the IEA for this year’s presidential debate.

The IEA had indicated that it was considering holding a separate debate for the presidential candidates of the two major political parties; NDC and NPP.

But some political parties, mainly the NDC subsequently accused the IEA of failing to consult them before announcing plans for their presidential debate.

The National Organiser of the governing NDC, Kofi Adams, had charged the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) to work on building a positive image for itself before the party will consider a one-on-one debate between its flagbearer, President John Mahama and main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo.

He said the think tank has over the years allowed themselves to be used in making derogatory remarks against the NDC.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Edward Mahama on Tuesday presented his vision for governing Ghana if he is voted president in the upcoming elections.

This was done at the Evening Encounter Series that was hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs.

The Evening Encounters will give the opportunity to each presidential aspirant to make their vision and plans known to a cross section of civil society.

These encounters are prior to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates to be held in August.

Flag bearers of the opposition New Patriotic Party and Convention People’s Party are expected to partake in the presidential evening encounters.

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