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17.10.2008 Politics

Dr Bawumia: I'm Ready For Vice Presidential Debate

Dr Bawumia: I'm Ready For Vice Presidential Debate

The Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said he is ready for a debate with the vice presidential candidates of the other parties if that arrangement is made.

He was answering a question specifically posed to him when he held a news conference in the Ashanti Regional capital on Wednesday morning.


The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana was completing a four-day tour of the region, which saw him address students, health workers, teachers, Muslims in Zongo communities, traditional leaders, market women and people across some selected constituencies.

"I think we have shown throughout this year's political campaign that we are willing and ready to debate on issues.


In fact, that's what we believe matters to Ghanaians, focusing on issues that will add to our development.


 And if a particular platform is created for Vice Presidential candidates to debate, I don't see why not."

Dr Bawumia stressed at the news conference that the NPP was far ahead of the others in articulating what was required to move Ghana forward.

He said promises may be easier made than when it came to implementation. Fortunately, he said, the NPP had shown in its first eight years that it had what it took to move Ghana from a nation of poverty to one of prosperity, security, freedom and democracy.

The National Democratic Congress, according to Nana Akufo-Addo's running mate, had very little credibility in delivering on their promises as could be seen from their 19 years in office.

In another development Bawumia, said that the NPP was the only political party that had an excellent record and the best formula to manage the economy of Ghana.


At an open forum organised in Kumasi by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Asafo branch, Dr Bawumia urged all Muslims to vote massively for the NPP government, come December 2008 since it had the competence to manage the country.


Dr Bawumia expressed his profound gratitude to the Muslim community for the support they had and continued to extend to the NPP. 


According to him, the NPP was the only political party that promoted both religious and cultural diversity and cited his appointment as the vice presidential candidate for the party as a classic example.

"My nomination as vice presidential aspirant is a call to service and a major duty which I promise to do selflessly," he  said.