Mahama was picky about debate platform to appear: Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo accused the president of being choosy about debate platforms to appear.

Speaking in a media broadcast Saturday, the NPP leader said since the fourth Republic, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has been organising debates in Ghana.

According to him, he has been debating all his life because of his profession as a lawyer, wondering why anybody will assume he is afraid to debate the president.

"You said you'll choose a platform suitable for you. And because you chose a suitable platform I should follow you? That is not how it should be."

In addition, the NPP leader said telling the Ghanaian people what you can do for them is equally a form of debate, wondering why the president is obsessed with a one-on-one debate with him after the president skipped the IEA debate.

"I don't know why he is obsessed with a debate. He is telling Ghanaians what he can do, I am also telling them what I can do, isn't it a form of debate?

Akufo-Addo's comments follow criticism from president Mahama for skipping the NCCE/GBC presidential debate.

The decision not to appear at the debate, president Mahama said, is the greatest disrespect to Ghanaian people.

At a campaign rally in Ho, the president said: “He says so many things that are wrong. So I said come and sit down and let’s have a debate so that Ghanaians will know the truth; he runs away.

"So after running away from the one-on-one, the NCCE gave the opportunity to all of us who want to be president to come and tell Ghanaians why we want to be president, that one was not one-on-one; so at least show respect to the Ghanaian people and come; that one too he run away.

“And that is the greatest disrespect you can show to the Ghanaian people.

"I am the President; I should be the one reluctant to come to the debate because all of them will be attacking you because they want your post.

"But I am the first sitting president to take part in a debate, in 2012 I did it, and this year too, I engaged in the debate.

"But the leader of the opposition is rather running away, which is very strange. Even Trump with all his wild ideas had the boldness to attend the debate. This morning he (Nana Addo) rather went on Peace FM and spoke slangs there.

"So I said if you can speak slangs then you should come to the debate and speak there."

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