President Mahama has taken a swipe at the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo for granting an interview on Peace FM, when he did not participate in the NCCE/GBC debate.
President Mahama said that the former attorney general's refusal to participate in the debate, which featured five presidential candidates was a sign of disrespect to the Ghanaian people.
According to Nana Addo, he did not participate in the presidential debate because he did believe the debate would be conducted fairly by the GBC and the NCCE, stating further that the state-owned network had become a communications branch of the ruling party.
However, President Mahama while addressing a gathering in the Volta Region said that the NPP flagbearer did not participate in the debate because he was afraid that he [Mahama] would expose him.
"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. 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," President Mahama said.
He added, “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. 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."