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Mahama has no moral right to challenge Akufo-Addo to a debate - Mustapha Hamid

By Mutala Yakubu
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid
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The Deputy Campaign Manager for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mustapha Abdul-Hamid says former President John Mahama has no moral right to throw a challenge for a debate given some comments he made about such debates in the past.

John Mahama on a tour in the Volta Region threw a challenge to President Akufo-Addo and told the latter to debate him on issues of infrastructure.

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid says the NPP will not be pressured to allow President Akufo-Addo to participate in any debate with John Mahama.

READ ALSO: Let's settle issue of infrastructure with a debate - Mahama to Akufo-Addo

“That challenge is unnecessary. Taking it or not is unnecessary. First of all, this challenge by Mahama clearly shows what we have told the Ghanaian people that he is a person who has no principle and stance on anything. He is a flip flop, he is wishy-washy and indecisive.”

“In 2012, he said clearly to the people of this country that debate about records is a recipe for mediocrity. So what has changed that he wants a debate on infrastructure records that he wants us to descend into the mediocrity that he is in? We are not ready for his mediocrity. He is indecisive and wishy-washy. We are not interested in any debate. It is not necessary”, he said on Eyewitness News on Thursday.

Mr. Abdul-Hamid believes Ghanaians are already “awarding their marks”, on the achievements of the NPP in comparison with that of the NDC hence any debate to set the record straight in a “theoretical debate” will make no significant change.

“For me as far as I am concerned, I don’t think theoretical debates are necessary. People feel what we do in their everyday lives, and they are in a better position to make their judgement on December 7 with or without debate,” he added.

John Mahama's challenge comes after the NPP held a Town Hall meeting to point out some of the infrastructures they have put up since taking over in 2017.

One notable remark at the meeting which was presented by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was when he said they were able to build four interchanges for less money than the NDC that built only one for a higher cost.

He also said they have built more infrastructure within 3 years than the NDC did in 8 years.

John Mahama on tour in the Volta Region however disagreed and said the issue of who did better with infrastructure can easily be settled by a debate.

"In 2016 when I was talking about the value of infrastructure, the NPP said we don't eat infrastructure. Today I can see a scramble to grab even KVIPs and little infrastructure and tout it as an achievement but it is easy to settle the issue of infrastructure. The President said this election will be an election of track records comparing his to mine, we can settle it easily. Let's have a debate between the two of us. I am willing to present myself for a debate with Akufo-Addo, any day, anytime and anywhere".