Former President John Mahama has refused to retract his comment to the effect that the 2024 elections will be a “do or die” contest.
Responding to concerns that the comment portends and evokes violence, he said on Sunyani-based Moonlite FM, that the phrase “do or die” is an idiomatic expression that means “a critical assignment that you have, and you must do the needful or perish.”
“What I’m saying is, NDC must not wait to go to the Supreme Court. We have to be vigilant at the polling station and collation centres. And so I don’t retract. The next election for NDC is going to be a do or die affair,” he added.
The response comes after some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had said the comments were unbecoming of the former President.
Among them is NPP Deputy General Secretary Nana Obiri Boahen who says he finds Mr. Mahama’s comment unfortunate.
During his ‘Thank You’ tour, John Mahama reiterated this suspicion on Tuesday, September 7, that; “we were clearly robbed, but we accepted the verdict for the sake of peace.”
“But I want to state here that the next elections would be won or lost at the polling station. So at the polling station, it will be do or die. I am not saying all die be die. I’m saying it will be ‘do or die’ because the right thing must be done,” he told Techiman-based Akina FM.