Bawumia Challenges Mahama to Economic Debate: Will He Accept?

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging former President John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to a debate on the economy and initiatives implemented by both political parties. The question on everyone’s mind is: will Mahama accept the challenge?

Presidential debates have become an essential part of the electioneering process in many African countries. Ghana has a rich history of hosting presidential debates, with four successful debates held back-to-back, showcasing the country’s democratic maturity. The first presidential debate was organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in 2000, with all aspirants in attendance except the then-ruling NDC.

In recent times, both Bawumia and Mahama have been engaging in a war of words, exchanging blows on various platforms, campaigns, and summits, focusing on their policies, economic performance, and governance. Mahama recently criticized the Akuffo-Addo-led NPP government, stating that Ghana had become a bankrupt and collapsed country due to poor leadership over the past eight years.

In response, Dr. Bawumia, addressing the CEO Summit via Zoom, challenged Mahama to a debate on the economy and performance of both governments. Bawumia highlighted the incumbent government’s achievements under President Nana Akuffo Addo, citing verifiable developmental projects such as the “Guinea Fowl” project, a reference to Mahama’s infamous guinea fowl saga during his administration.

The stage is set, and the nation waits with bated breath to see if Mahama will accept Bawumia’s challenge. Will he take up the gauntlet and engage in a debate that could potentially shape the trajectory of Ghana’s future? Only time will tell.

Source: Adzomani Michael 

30th May, 2024

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