Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Yaw Buaben-Asamoa says the party is focused on governance rather than debating John Mahama.
Mr Mahama on Thursday threw a challenge to President Akufo-Addo during his tour of the Volta Region. The former president believes such a debate will put to rest the argument about records of the two leading parties.
Such a challenge has, however, been rejected by the governing NPP.
Buaben Asamoa says Mahama should rather engage the electorates, claiming he was making promises he has no intention of delivering.
“it’s not for us to accept or deny a challenge from the former president. His audience is the electorates, our audience is the electorates and we are very busy engaging the electorates. So, if he has anything to do, he better engage the electorates.”
As to whether the president was not running away from a debate, Mr Buaben-Asamoa maintained “it’s not about somebody’s perception, it’s about the effectiveness, leadership, listening, compassion and delivery. President Akufo-Addo is delivering.”
“He is delivering on the matters that touch on the lives of Ghanaians, that impact the Ghanaian the most. Those matters are not a subject of debate between John Mahama and Nana Addo.”
“John Mahama had the opportunity, he couldn’t deliver. He made vacorous promises and couldn’t deliver. He is still going round making promises he has no intention of delivering. In one breadth he says freebies are not good, in another breadth he is going to give everything away free because we have managed to implement policies that touch the lives of people. Governance for us is more serious than debating John Mahama,” 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.