Nduom Dares Mahama To Debate

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom

Presidential hopeful of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has challenged President John Dramani Mahama to a public debate over the management of the affairs of the state.

Dr Nduom does not understand why President Mahama would limit his call for a debate to only the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Dr Nduom’s challenge follows an interview in which President Mahama said he was willing to debate the NPP strongman any day.

In a subtle response on his Twitter handle, Nana Akufo-Addo also accepted the challenge saying if that would solve the myriad problems facing the country under Mahama’s leadership.

But Dr Nduom thinks the challenge should have been extended to him instead.

In a statement issued yesterday, he questioned why President John Dramani Mahama would prefer debating Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP instead of him (Dr Nduom), wondering whether the NPP flagbearer comes across as an easier match for the president.

For him, that approach in itself “is as contentious as the president’s reference to Akufo-Addo’s critique of him as contentious.”

Dr Nduom, who has a business empire, believes he offers alternative solutions to the many disillusioned Ghanaians and that the people would appreciate a healthy debate between him and the president. According to him, “A healthy debate on policies will help find solutions to the country’s problems.

“Does President Mahama think he can ignore people that I appeal to?” he asked rhetorically, insisting that as president of the country, Mr Mahama should make himself ready to debate him on detailed policies on corruption and job creation and therefore believes he can withstand him (Mahama) in a debate.

The PPP leader prides himself as having been consistent with his proposals for alternatives to the Mahama administration, insisting that the country’s energy crisis for instance could not be fixed within a year or two.

He has, since entering into active politics in the year 2008, stressed the belief that the only way to ensure development at the local level is to elect metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) to ensure that they are responsible to the people who voted them into power and are therefore obliged to heed to their wishes or get the sack after four years.

Dr Nduom has been a strong anti-corruption advocate who believes that Ghana could deal decisively with the canker if the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department were separated from the Ministry of Justice.

He is confident that this can ensure that the AG’s Department is replaced by an independent prosecutor who will not cover up corruption at high places because of political affiliation.

He has often referred the president to the Chapter 6 of the country’s Constitution that defines what good governance should be: that is high quality, compulsory and continuous education at the basic level and how there should be no excuses for any president or administration not implementing that chapter called Directive Principles of State Policy.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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