An independent presidential aspirant has said he will ensure political campaigns are sponsored by the state when he is given the nod as president.

Onipayede Osson Teye said this is one of the ways to curb the canker of corruption in the country.

“Politicians are just builders of corruption, the designers of corruption are the electorates so corruption starts from the time of campaign.

“What I, therefore, intend to do is that I’ll make sure the state sponsors election campaigns for candidates, not their political parties, he said.

He was speaking at the maiden edition of JoyNews’ “Minority Political Parties and Independent Candidates Election Debate”.

Onipayede Osson Teye said it’s time the country moved election campaigns from the platforms to debate centres, to enable candidates engage each other on their policies, and this, he will ensure when given the nod as president.

“What I intend to do is to organise a regional-based debate, but this is going to base on policies rather than question and answers and this will happen in all 16 regions,” he said.

Mr Osson Teye is among six independent aspirants that took part in the maiden edition of JoyNews’ “Minority Political Parties and Independent Candidates Election Debate” on Thursday.

The aspirants will also contest other political parties in the December 7 elections.

The aspirants engaged in a discourse at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), to interrogate the policies and commitment of candidates [outside remits of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the biggest opposition party the National Democratic Congress (NDC)], ahead of the general elections in December.

The event was put together by JoyNews and IMANI Centre for Policy and Education.

They were given the opportunity to talk about how they intend to solve some national problems.

When asked how he intends to address the issue of procurement breaches, Mr Oson Teye said he will do that by first dealing with the issue of corruption.

“Corruption goes beyond procurement and what I intend to do when I want to fight corruption is to redefine corruption.

“At least if you redefine corruption you’ll find out that even as a public servant is someone misleads you it’s part of corruption,” he said.

He further stated that he will fund the campaign debate with ¢160,000.