The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has been urged to respond to President John Mahama's unrestrained attacks on him.
Akufo-Addo urged to respond to Mahama's unrestrained attacks
President Mahama, who is seeking a second term, has made the character of the NPP flagbearer the centre of his campaign.
He criticised Akufo-Addo for "sleeping" during his tour of the Western Region when he said roads in the region are in a bad state.
He again attacked Akufo-Addo's character at a rally in Bimbila in the Northern Region, describing him as a "dictator" and a "divisive" figure.
He further told voters the NPP flagbearer is too "dangerous" for the destiny of the nation to be entrusted into his hands.
However, the NPP flagbearer has said he will not respond to the president's "insult" and "innuendos" during recent tour in the Greater Accra.
The president sustained attack on the NPP leader follows a bitter internal party politics which led to the suspension of three national executives and the death of the party's Upper East Regional Chairman of the party.
But a political scientist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, says there is a need for the the NPP leader to respond to Mahama's attacks but not in the way the president goes about his.
“I don’t expect him to reply back on the same measure, but he must find a way to allow his publicists deal with critical issues that bothers on the leadership of president Mahama,” he told Accra-based Class FM.
He continued: “When you look at the fact that the NPP itself has internal challenges just as any other political parties have it, you cannot tell me that Paul Afoko is at peace, you cannot tell me that the other NPP members of the NPP fraternity who are unhappy with the outcome of that decision are entirely happy today."“So when the president begins to speak in a certain manner, what he is doing is to appeal to the conscience of such persons who are aggrieved within the NPP."
Dr Adu-Gyamfi said the president "is appealing to some members within the NPP who are aggrieved. If these people can decide that they will not go and vote it will also be against the NPP itself.”
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