Mahama should be writing books and not seeking for power—Obiri Boahen
The Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has said the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama should be writing books rather than seeking for debate and power.
According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not in the same rank with the ex-President for him to invite him over for a debate.
He said the ex-President who is seeking for a come back with desperate measures is trying to become relevant in the industry and called on the president not to pay attention to him.
Nana Obiri Boahen noted that the seat of the Presidency would lose its prestige if President Akufo-Addo accepts the challenge to debate the former President.
This follows the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) stance in challenging President Akufo-Addo to a debate on infrastructure.
Former president Mahama believed such a move would put to rest the argument about records of the two leading parties concerning infrastructure development.
However, speaking in a media interview in Kumasi, Nana Obiri Boahen indicated that it would be a shame if President Akufo-Addo reduce his level to debate frustrated ex president who did not leave any good legacy.
He maintained that it is odd for a sitting President to debate a former President who is staging a comeback thus it is, disingenuous and below standards.
“You don’t have to lower the standard, don’t lower it, don’t lower the bar, don’t lower the position of the presidency,” he stressed.
“If it is a contest between NPP as a party and NDC as a party fine when you have a former President who was kicked out of office not by a coup d’etat but by the good people of Ghana and then he wants to stage a comeback, for me, it is quite odd…quit disingenuous,” Nana Obiri Boahen said.
He however demanded Mahama to debate people of his level not with a sitting president.
“He can go and debate Kofi Akpaloo, Kyiriabosom, Akua Donkor…I will not welcome that decision.
As a former President, by now you should be writing your own books, not this…Ghana deserves better,” Nana Obiri Boahen added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE