A Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr. Michael Kpessah-Whyte has slammed flagbearers of the NPP, CPP and the PNC, for their poor show at Wednesday’s IEA organized Presidential debate.
According to Dr. Kpessah-Whyte, the debate did not give him “a sense that the opposition candidates clearly prepared with an alternative to sell to Ghanaians”.
He said the opposition candidates failed to provide alternatives to the policies espoused by incumbent President Mahama who also doubles as the NDC's candidate.
Dr. Kpessah-Whyte was speaking in an interview on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Thursday.
“All the opposition candidates; Dr. Sakara, Mahama Ayariga (sic) and Nana Akufo-Addo clearly do not seem to be following what is happening in government. For an opposition candidate going into a debate, your number one priority is to be on top of the game as far as what exactly the current government you want to unseat, is doing.
“What we saw yesterday was that invariably many of the things that they (opposition candidates) were suggesting, whenever it gets to the President’s turn he makes it clear that this is being done already, we are in the process of this, the legislation is in place, this is being implemented already…so you ask yourself what’s the point in replacing the person who is there, if what the others want to do is basically what he is doing?”
He said Nana Akufo-Addo also failed to cease the opportunity to sell his party’s ideological position to the electorate, but what he and the NPP have done over the years, is to shift from the centre-right ideologies to centre-left while criticizing the governing NDC of not being forthright in articulating its social democratic policies.
The IAS Fellow described the event as more of a conversation than a debate, as all the four candidates virtually shared common trends on the various issues thrown at them.
He said there was no clear distinction from the policies outlined by all of them.