Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama

When the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo dangled his self-acclaimed corruption-free personality, we thought there was going to be a flurry of challenges. But so far, nobody has called his bluff on that score, as snippets of graft involving political office holders and ruling party activists continue to disturb our ears like anopheles mosquitoes in a rural setting.

With many weeks elapsing since Nana?s headline-making, ?I am not corrupt? assertion, there is no reason not to bestow upon him a bill of clean record- something which we wish all those seeking to lead the country would possess.

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, the presidential candidate of the Progressive People?s Party (PPP), has also dangled his record and with nobody challenging him, he too can smile away with a clean record.

But since the spotlight is on the two main contenders for the presidency, the New Patriotic Party?s (NPP) Nana Akufo Addo and National Democratic Congress? (NDC) John Mahama, many are expecting the latter to do same.

Such testimonials have become even more significant because the forthcoming election is going to be about integrity. No longer is this critical factor going to be put on the backburner. With the presidency losing integrity, as former President Rawlings lamented recently, Ghanaians cannot ask for anything less.

If both candidates open themselves up for a morality interrogation, as they keep their sharp-teethed hounds on the leash, the political plane would have been well prepared for a wholesome and civil debate.

For the electorate, it would be a rare chance for them to interrogate the qualities of the forerunning candidates and make informed decisions devoid of the chaffy input of serial callers in the name of social commentaries.

With the political ground awash with stories about a growing incidence of bad governance and malfeasance, enhanced by the acquiescence of civil and public servants, the end of graft is not yet in sight if the status quo is not reversed.

The story about a significant money transfer from a distressed local bank to a British bank account of a top politician?s brother and the sale of a financial institution to a South African grouping, make worrying brooding.

We are also aware that a certain Chief Executive Officer of a challenged bank is now working on the corridors of power. His predecessor lost his job because he was messed up in a transaction involving a businessman with links to those at the helm.

All these are happening as news about a plummeting foreign reserve have already made the headlines.

No longer are Ghanaians going to accept the bunkum theory of the downward spiral of the economy in an election year.

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