‘Nana Addo ran away from one-on-one debate’ – Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama has accused the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of running away from an opportunity to debate him on issues surrounding his term of office.
“I have challenged him (Akufo-Addo) to a debate, I have said bring all these points you are raising one by one and let’s have a debate. Let me and you debate to the Ghanaian public about the points you are raising; inflation, infrastructure and things. But he has ran away.”
Nana Addo has accused the governing National Democratic Congress of mismanagement of the economy, poor governance among others on several platforms.
But speaking in an interview with Ovation Magazine, the President said he is looking forward to a one on one debate to discuss these concerns Nana Addo has so far raised.
“How can I run from a debate? I want a productive debate, one on one with Nana Akufo-Addo. What they are talking about is the IEA. I want a debate on all the contentious issues he has raised. And I will respond and Ghanaians will be the judge,” he said.
President Mahama in the same interview expressed worry over what he calls the control of Ghana’s media by a cabal who are blocking his message of transformation.
According to him, a certain group of people have taken control of the Ghanaian media and are blocking his government’s message, a situation which in his view, makes it difficult for people to know the truth.
“It is populism, a certain group has taken control of the media in Ghana and it makes it difficult for people to discern the truth. So as much as you are putting out the information, it is either being blocked or distorted,”he said.