John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo will face off in a debate to decide whether the two presidential candidates should hold a final one-on-one debate before the December elections.
The Institute of Economic Affairs said the “debate to decide the debate” should help resolve the recent media discussions regarding the possibility of a presidential debate between the two main contenders.
The media discussions have been sparked by a last minute call by President Mahama– who refused to take part in an earlier IEA-organised presidential debate which he described as “not necessary”, to debate Akufo-Addo in a final showdown before Ghanaians go to the polls in December.
The “debate to decide the debate,” according to IEA, will solely focus on arguments for and against a final one-on-one presidential debate.
President Mahama, facing significant criticism for sitting out the earlier presidential debate, will be aiming to articulate why he deserves to be given a chance to debate his opponent in a public arena. Akufo-Addo on the other hand will seek to convince voters that a one-on-one debate this late in the day is an irrelevant exercise.
IEA is yet to decide on a moderator but insiders say they may be considering the owner and publisher of Ovation International magazine Dele Momodu, who they described to be “as neutral as our traditional leaders.”