NPP turns down Mahama’s challenge to debate Akufo-Addo on infrastructural record

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has seemingly turned down a challenge from John Mahama to debate President Akufo-Addo on their respective records. John Mahama while touring in Volta region, Ho said it was high time Nana Addi and himself settle the issue on who has a better record when it comes to infrastructure. “It’s easy to settle the issue on infrastructure. After all, the President said this election is going to be an election of comparison of track records; comparing his to my track records,” Mahama said. “We can settle it easily: Let Nana Akufo-Addo and I sit down and debate our records. “I am ready to present myself for a debate with President Nana Akufo-Addo any day, anytime, anywhere and we will settle the matter once and for all.”

However, reacting to this, the National Organiser of the NPP, Sammy Awuku, said debating the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer is not part of their campaign plans. “We have projects that you can feel, you can see, and they are tangible. You don’t need a soothsayer to tell you something is happening around the Pokuase interchange area, you don’t need someone to tell you there is something happening around the Tema motorway,” he said. “You also don’t need someone to tell you when you use the Abossey Okai area of an interchange, you don’t need someone to tell you when you go to Tamale today, they are having their first interchange under the NPP’s administration.” Mr. Awuku added: “So, I’m not too sure what Mr Mahama wants us to do…we have our own campaign strategy, we have our own campaign plans and the NPP will go according to its own strategy. We don’t need a debate to tell you that these are tangible things happening across the country.“If Mr Mahama wants a debate, from where I sit today, I don’t think the NPP has given it a thought. The NPP will fight this election on our own terms. As I speak, the party hasn’t given it a thought for us to have any debate with Mr Mahama, we are going according to our campaign strategy.”

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