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Mahama's strategy of attacking Nana Addo working - Political Scientist

President Mahama, who is seeking a second term, has made the character of the NPP flagbearer the centre of his campaign.

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He has criticised Akufo-Addo for "sleeping" during his tour of the Western Region when he said roads in the region are in a bad state.

He again attacked Akufo-Addo's character at a rally in Bimbila in the Northern Region, describing him as a "dictator" and a "divisive" figure.

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He further told voters the NPP flagbearer is too "dangerous" for the destiny of the nation to be entrusted into his hands.

The president sustained attack on the NPP leader follows a bitter internal party politics which led to the suspension of three national executives and the death of the party's Upper East Regional Chairman of the party.

The NPP has subsequently criticised the president for targeting Nana Addo for attack.

But political scientist, Dr Adu Gyamfi, said President Mahama was aware that an issue-based campaign would not benefit him and has therefore resorted to personal attacks on the NPP flagbearer.

“If the NDC is going to come to the table and argue with the NPP on issues of electricity, economics and challenges that the country is going through, then the debate will be shifted to the door of the NPP,” he said.

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“But politicians do not want that and prefer to shift to issues that win elections for them and I think that the NDC on this score has taken a better stand,” he added.

He has, however, urged the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to respond to President John Mahama's unrestrained attacks on him, but not in a similar manner as the president’s.

“I don’t expect him [Nana Addo] to reply back on the same measure, but he must find a way to allow his publicists deal with critical issues that bother on the leadership of president Mahama,” he told Accra-based Class FM.

He continued: “When you look at the fact that the NPP itself has internal challenges just as any other political parties have it, you cannot tell me that Paul Afoko is at peace, you cannot tell me that the other NPP members of the NPP fraternity who are unhappy with the outcome of that decision are entirely happy today."

“So when the president begins to speak in a certain manner, what he is doing is to appeal to the conscience of such persons who are aggrieved within the NPP."

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Dr Adu-Gyamfi said the president "is appealing to some members within the NPP who are aggrieved. If these people can decide that they will not go and vote it will also be against the NPP itself.”

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