Felix Kwakye Ofosu, a member of the ruling NDC’s Communications Team, is asking the opposition NPP not to blame NPP flagbearer Akufo-Addo’s debate performance on the flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Hassan Ayariga, who some say tried to distract Akufo-Addo.
According to Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the NPP should cease their unwarranted attacks on Ayariga since he did no wrong at the IEA debate.
The NPP is accusing him of being hired by the NDC to distract Akufo-Addo by coughing only when Akufo-Addo was speaking.
Ayariga had earlier on indicated he was pulling out of the debate due to malaria but he later changed his mind.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Thursday, Felix Kwakye-Ofosu said that, “we all watched the debate and saw how President Mahama excelled and Nana goofed, so they want some flimsy excuse to cover it up. The NPP is simply ashamed of the performance of it flagbearer so they are pointing the gun on Ayariga. They have to stop because Ghanaians know who performed abysmally. The NPP must stop these unwarranted attacks and deal with how to get votes for its abysmal performer flagbearer”.
Addressing NPP complaints that Ayariga had unfairly targeted Akufo-Addo during the debate, he asked, “where does it state that when one is debating it cannot question the character or actions of the others? Who says so that if one has a bad public record the other cannot make it public? Is it Ayariga who told Nana Addo to declare all-die-be-die, 'yen Akanfour' among others? Is it Ayariga who asked Nana Addo to be working with drug addicts or is it Ayariga who told Ken Agyapong to tell people from other tribes to attack the other. They should spare us those effusions and solve the character deficiency of its flagbearer. It was a debate, not a monologue”.
Responding to the charge that Ayariga had been working for the NDC, he said, “when Nana Addo was lying at the Tamale debate and calling President Mahama corrupt, who were his paymasters? Or who influenced him to describe the late President Mills as 'Professor do little'. The NPP has just nothing to say. If Nana Addo was able to call President Mahama names at the Tamale debate, then Hassan Ayariga has equal right to refer Nana Addo to his 'all-die-be-die' statement. He is also a Ghanaian. It is legitimate for him to attack an opposition where necessary without always attacking a sitting government.”
Kwakye Ofosu stressed that Ayariga was spot on in exposing unsavory parts of Nana Addo’s record at the debate, because he said that a leader who wants to hide everything from its citizens, “cannot be trusted... I thank Ayariga for exposing him”.
“For a party that has seen clearly that it has lost a debate I think the most important thing is to look at how to re-strategize than coming out to heap insults arrogantly at Hassan Ayariga who was being truthful with the facts. The NPP will definitely lose the elections because they are arrogant”, he added.