Mahama is running away from a Presidential debate because he cannot explain his own policy - Bawumia fires
Mahama is running away from a Presidential debate because he cannot explain his own policy - Bawumia fires
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Mahama is running away from a Presidential debate because he cannot explain his own policy - Bawumia fires

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, says former President John Mahama may be shying away from a live debate with him because he cannot explain his own policies.

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According to Dr. Bawumia, it is strange that the leader of the opposition is not willing to engage in a debate on key issues such as the economy, governance, and policies.

Addressing thousands of his supporters yesterday (July 10, 2024) in Bunkpurugu, North East Region, Dr. Bawumia said despite his readiness, the debate may not happen because Mr. Mahama "is running away" and cannot explain his own policies during a debate.

"I am looking forward to a debate with John Mahama on the economy, on the country, on governance," Dr. Bawumia said. "But I am afraid that he is running away from a debate. His people say he doesn't want to debate. I have never heard of an opposition leader who doesn't want to debate. But he knows I will expose the emptiness of his policies."

Dr. Bawumia added that Mahama and his team are unable to explain their "24-hour economy" to Ghanaians, suggesting this was why Mahama was avoiding a debate.

"He says he has a 24-hour economy which he cannot explain. It is as empty as an empty barrel. He cannot explain it and none of his people can explain it. They say they will be exporting lions and elephants."

"When we meet, we can debate, and the country will see where our policies lie. That is where we should go. We should give the country an opportunity to listen to us. If he chooses not to debate, I'll continue to sell my policies."

Dr. Bawumia's comments come days after the spokesperson of Mahama's campaign team dismissed calls for a pre-election debate between the NDC and NPP flagbearers.

In a post on X, Madam Joyce Bawa Mogtari said fixing the economy should take priority over election debates.

"Kindly inform Dr. Bawumia that it is his campaign tour and that he is under no obligation or compulsion to challenge anyone to a duel of a debate that he is going to lose flatly anyway," Ms. Mogtari wrote.

She claimed that President Nana Akufo-Addo "never won any of the debates from 2008" when he challenged then-President John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama in previous elections.

Madam Mogtari further urged Dr. Bawumia to prioritize addressing Ghana's economic challenges over electoral debates.

"Ask Bawumia to fix the economy and fix the exchange rate!" the aide stated.

Her tweet was in response to NPP campaign team spokesperson Miracle Aboagye, who called for a two-person debate between the flagbearers of the two major political parties in Ghana.

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