Hassan Ayariga, Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention
Let’s take a moment and collectively applaud the PNC’s Presidential candidate for his performance at the IEA’s Presidential debate on Tuesday. It takes a brave ignorant man to waltz into a mine field of a Presidential debate live on National Television.
Based on his performance at the Presidential encounter, some had expected a poor show but not few could predict the level of ignorance he displayed. To describe him as clueless about the state of affairs would be an understatement.
Mr. Ayariga did not give one coherent answer to any of the questions asked at Tuesday’s debate. Not only that but he left me confused about which party he was representing. Asked how he will increase funding in the education sector, Mr. Ayariga spent the time criticizing the NPP’s free SHS policy saying free education will lead to the production of what he calls ‘avoidable graduates.’ Fact checkers are yet to establish the meaning of ‘avoidable graduates’ but Mr. Ayariga picked strands of the NDC’s argument against free education and suggested quality will be affected if the policy is implemented.
He rambled incoherently through questions on taxation, employment, becoming fodder for laughter on the social networking sites. Even his attempts at a rebuttal left my sister breathless.
I’m still reeling from pangs of laughter from his performance at the debate but I’m also offended that someone unleashed Mr. Ayariga on Ghanaians. Anyone who can replace President Obama’s “yes we can,” with “yes we can’t but we are ready,” should not be elected as Presidential Candidate.
Yet the leadership of the People’s National Convention has defended his poor performance saying he must have gotten nervous as it was his first time.
Mr. Ayariga’s voice was not shaky when he said he would “export brain-drain” neither was he trembling when he confidently stated “the salaries of nurses must be encouraged.” He is just ignorant and should have never been elected to represent any group of people much less a party seeking to run this country.
I have heard Mr. Ayariga is a rich man, so I’m not surprised he made it, it is easy to buy your way to the top these days. But after Tuesday’s show, it must stop. We must seek competent and excellent people to run this country if we are to get anywhere. Being rich should not be a pre-requisite any longer. The inability to assess one’s self is a flaw which has ruined countries.