PDCI General Secretary Maurice Guikahué spoke on the latest news, which covered the media in Abidjan. On the intervention of President Alassane Ouattara, who claims to have built eight universities during his eight years of governance, the opponent Maurice Kakou Guikahué has restored the truth.
The debate in Ivory Coast has evolved relatively quickly on the supposed eight universities built by President Alassane Ouattara during his years in power. Inviting himself into the debate with a technician’s posture, the PDCI executive simply mentioned a slip of the tongue. “I think it’s a slip of the tongue,” replied Maurice Guikahué. To support his argument, Henri Konan Bédié’s right-hand man believes that the Ouattara regime has built only one university in eight years. And, it is the one of Man, a large city in the west of Ivory Coast and the capital of the Tonkpi region.
“Just because you add an amphitheatre to a university doesn’t mean you built it. You’ve only improved. The University of Cocody existed, Abobo-Adjamé existed, Bouaké existed, Daloa existed, Korhogo existed” before the election of the current head of state, he insinuated. In his position as former Minister of Health, the Executive Secretary of the PDCI also shed light on university hospitals. And here again, the academic plunges the power into place. “In terms of health, the pillars are before Ouattara was here. Cocody University Hospital exists, Treichville University Hospital exists, Yopougon University Hospital exists, Bouaké University Hospital exists,” he says.
For Maurice Guikahué, the Ivorian Chief Executive is “often very poorly informed by his staff“. By declaring on The African Debate, having built eight universities in eight years of management, ADO has been at the centre of the comments that have been feeding the web in recent hours in Abidjan. To begin his campaign for the upcoming presidential election, Laurent Gbagbo’s successor will have to review his arguments, especially in a political arena where the slightest mistake can be costly.