The vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is not a serious politician and so “I will ignore his 170 questions”, Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has said.

Dr Bawumia has over the months asked a series of questions about the economy and has asked the vice president to respond to them so far as managing the economy is concerned.

Responding to Nana Akufo-Addo’s running mate at the final rally of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday 5 December, Mr Amissah-Arthur said Dr Bawumia was stating facts and not asking questions.

According to him, anybody who asks 170 questions was not a serious person and should be ignored.

Addressing a mammoth crowd, Mr Amissah-Arthur said: “My counterpart, the running mate of the NPP, he still claims that he has 170 questions that we will have to answer. And all over the country we have answered the most important question that he has asked. We have shown him where he has gone wrong, but he is still persisting and asking us to answer the 170 questions. So, today, I asked my people to bring me the 170 questions and I was surprised at some of the questions that he has for us to answer. Question 140, he said that they built the Jubilee House or the Flagstaff House, so I said: ‘But that is not a question’. …It is 170 paragraphs of his statement and he says they are questions.

“He said they rehabilitated the Accra Sports Stadium; [that is in] paragraph 141. They built Essipong Stadium and Tamale Stadium, that they renovated Peduase Lodge – that is paragraph 146. You have renovated the president’s house. What do you want me to answer to that? Anybody who is asking 170 questions, you [should] know that he is not serious and, therefore, we shall ignore the 170 questions because he is not serious, because he is talking about things that have happened. For example, in paragraph 169, he quotes the NDC manifesto. I don’t know what he wants me to talk about when he is quoting our 2012 manifesto. We have answered him. He should come out with better questions so that we can seriously look at what is happening in our country.”

Source: Ghana/