The government has attacked the New Patriotic Party’s Presidential Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over what it says is his misconduct at Wednesday’s IEA Presidential Debate.
A statement signed by Deputy Minister of Information Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa claimed Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited gross intolerance during the debate.
Mr. Ablakwa castigated the NPP presidential candidate over his comments on Ivory Coast and his protests to the moderators for not allowing him a rebuttal after his closing remarks.
On Ivory Coast, he accused Nana Akufo-Addo making unpatriotic and reckless comments.
The NPP flag-bearer had referred to a published UN panel report which indicted Ghana as having allowed its territory to be used by dissidents planning to destabilise Ivory Coast and said the government ought to do more to foster cooperation with the country's beighbours.
Mr. Ablakwa those statements were dangerous and that Nana Addo "did not care about the implications of his confrontational utterances."
"Our relations with Ivory Coast was at a stage where mature diplomacy and tact was required and not cheap partisan recklessness from politicians who insist on winning political power 'at all cost'" the statement noted.
Mr. Ablakwa accused the NPP Presidential Candidate of lending credence to unsubstantiated allegations in the international press on the matter.
"The conduct of Nana Addo in this matter which has the tendency to raise tensions between both countries and eventually degenerate into conflict must be condemned by all peace loving Ghanaians," Ablakwa claimed.
Government took the opportunity to assure all Ghanaians and the international community that Ghana under President John Mahama will not become a rogue state neither will she become a haven for charlatans who seek to destabilize the peace in other countries.
Government also condemned what it claimed was Nana Akufo-Addo’s unprovoked attack on the debate moderators when he charged on them immediately after the debate.
Mr. Ablakwa said the alleged attack on the moderators indicated a regrettable intolerance on the part of Nana Akufo-Addo.