The vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has been accused of sullying the reputation of Ghanaian politicians by shifting the focus of political debates from insults and personality attacks to facts and figures.
The damning accusation came just hours after the 52 year old economist delivered a fact-filled, common sense-laced public lecture on the state of the Ghanaian economy on Thursday. Opponents accused the economist of betraying the Ghana-style gutter politics that has become the hallmark of our politics.
“Dr. Bawumia should be ashamed of himself for bringing sensible fact-based analysis into the political arena. His public lecture had no insults and no name-calling; just cold hard facts. That is a disgrace. He isn’t fit to call himself a Ghanaian politician,” said one angry opponent.
Another opponent said he was “appalled and frightened” by the idea of debating political issues with facts and statistics. He described Dr. Bawumia as a danger to the political status quo and called on all “true Ghanaian politicians” to resist the idea of sensible debates within the political arena.
“A true Ghanaian politician lives by the gutter and dies by the gutter,” he added.