President John Mahama has chided Nana Addo for refusing to honour the debate organised by the NCCE/GBC, describing his action as "the greatest disrespect" to Ghanaians.
Addressing party supporters in the Volta region on Friday,President Mahama said even Trump with all his wild ideas had the boldness to attend the debate, and hence found it "strange" why Nana Addo with all his slangs has rather ran to peace fm instead of debating him with all his wrong accusations the NDC.
“He says so many things that are wrong. So I said come and sit down and let’s have a debate so that Ghanaians will know the truth; he run away," he said.
"So after running away from the one-on-one, the NCCE gave the opportunity to all of us who want to be president to come and tell Ghanaians why we want to be president, that one was not one-on-one; so at least show respect to the Ghanaian people and come; that one too he run away and that is the greatest disrespect you can show to the Ghanaian people."
"I am the President; I should be the one reluctant to come to the debate because all of them will be attacking you because they want your post. But I am the first sitting president to take part in a debate, in 2012 I did it, and this year too, I engaged in the debate. But the leader of the opposition is rather running away, which is very strange."
Nana Addo has told the media he refused to show up because the timing of the debate was wrong and was in conflict with his already tight schedule and also added that
he could not trust the fairness of GBC and the NCCE, who organised the debate, saying that the state broadcaster has been turned into a communication wing of the ruling party.
"Some of these institutions have not been fair to us in the past and I wonder how they are going to be fair this time," he said.
However the President opined that , the former Attorney General's refusal to honour the debate was as result of lack of boldness to defend his criticism again the ruling party.
"Even Trump with all his wild ideas had the boldness to attend the debate. This morning he (Nana Addo) rather went on Peace FM and spoke slangs there . So I said if you can speak slangs then you should come to the debate and speak there,” the President stated.
Mr Akufo-Addo came under a lot of criticism for not participating in the debate which had incumbent, John Mahama, the PPP's Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, PNC's Dr Edward Mahama, CPP's Ivor Greenstreet and independent candidate Jacob Osei Yeboah in attendance.
By: Fiifi Abdul Malik @fiifialmaestro on twitter