Seasoned Journalist, Kweku Baako has praised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) for engaging in intellectual political discourse.
According to him, both parties have shown intelligence by not trading insults but resorting to sound criticisms to establish their points on which party deserves to be voted into power.
Kweku Baako was commenting on the NDC score of fourteen percent to the NPP in terms of manifesto fulfillment.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the party has even been charitable and that the actual figure is 13.6%.
“We observed that only 86 promises have been delivered out of the 631 and if you do the arithmetic and divide the 86 by the 631, what you will get is 13.6% and so we have been generous to gift them 14%; we added 0.4% to it by rounding the figure up,” he indicated.
Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show, Mr. Baako said the NDC scoring the government isn’t surprising because it is a political trend to find parties challenging themselves in an electioneering year but what he wouldn’t subscribe to is the use of insults.
“We don’t have the luxury of an alternative. Whether we like it or not, December 7th, this country will go for an election. That is five/six months; so if you hear that political parties and politicians are throwing out some of these things, I think it shouldn’t be surprising. It is to be expected and indeed, on one level, I prefer these things to the subculture of outright insults and character assassination and so forth. So, it’s not bad”.
“This sounds a little bit more intellectual. It’s academic. People like us who do research and historians and so forth would have the threat shifted to this level…In principle, in essence, I think it’s not bad. Indeed, if there is anybody who I think has personified this particular trend, I will say Dr. Bawumia is one. His emergence on the political landscape, he comes with that decisive, focused, intellectual, sometimes academic…He’s like a pioneer in it,” he stated.