The governing New Patriotic Party has asked former President John Dramani Mahama and his party, to put forward comprehensive data to challenge the government's infrastructural development before calling for a debate on that matter.
The NPP was responding to Mr Mahama’s call for a debate with President Akufo-Addo on infrastructure.
Speaking at Ho West in the Volta Region where he has been on a four-day tour, Mr Mahama recalled: “In 2016, when I was talking about the value of infrastructure, my friends on the other side said: ‘We don’t eat infrastructure’, ‘we don’t eat roads’”.
“That was what they said” but “today, I can see a scramble to grab even KVIPs and any infrastructure and tout it as an achievement”, Mr Mahama told supporters of the biggest opposition party.
To settle the matter, the former President dared his opposite number to a debate.
“…It’s easy to settle the issue of infrastructure”, he said, adding: “After all, the President said this election is going to be an election of track records; comparing his track records to my track records”.
“We can settle it easily: Let’s have a debate between the two of us”, he challenged the President.
“Let Nana Akufo-Addo come and sit down, let me sit down and let’s debate our records”, Mr Mahama said.
“I am willing to present myself for a debate with President Nana Akufo-Addo any day, anytime, anywhere and we will settle the matter once and for all”, he noted.
But the National Organiser of the NPP, Mr Sammi Awuku, said the NPP has not considered any decision to debate Mr Mahama.
Hr said: “We have projects that you can feel, you can see, and they are tangible. You don’t need a soothsayer to tell you something is happening around the Pokuase interchange area, you don’t need someone to tell you there is something happening around the Tema motorway. You also don’t need someone to tell you when you use the Abossey Okai area of an interchange, you don’t need someone to tell you when you go to Tamale today, they are having their first interchange under the NPP’s administration.
“So, I’m not too sure what Mr Mahama wants us to do…we have our own campaign strategy, we have our own campaign plans and the NPP will go according to its own strategy. We don’t need a debate to tell you that these are tangible things happening across the country.
“If Mr Mahama wants a debate, from where I sit today, I don’t think the NPP has given it a thought. The NPP will fight this election on our own terms. As I speak, the party hasn’t given it a thought for us to have any debate with Mr Mahama, we are going according to our campaign strategy…Bawumia put forward data-driven presentation...we want Mr Mahama or his running mate to put forward another data-driven presentation to counter what Dr Bawumia did. Let’s set that ground rules first and then we can move to the next stage.”