Ghanaians are still divided over a statement made by Former President John Dramani Mahama and the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress that the 2024 General Elections will be a "do or die " affairs at the polling stations.
Even though the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the largest opposition party has come out publicly to explained what he meant by his 'Do or Die' statement a day after his public interview on the Bono East based Fm station, Akina Fm, some Ghanaians are still not satisfied with his explanation.
Mr Mahama in another interview with a radio in Ahafo today Wednesday 8th September, 2021 explained the statement "Do or Die' was an idiomatic expression.
Mr Mahama in a reaction to a comment regarding how fair the NDC expects Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission to be in the next election, John Mahama insisted that the 2024 elections will be won at the polling stations and it will be a do or die affair but not an all die be die one.
This comments have generated so much controversy especially some sections within the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) claiming it speaks of violence if the NDC lose in 2024.
For instance, a former Member of Parliament for Tema East, and 2020 NPP parliamentary candidate, Mr Titus Nii Glover reacting to Mr Mahama’s statement on Adom TV described it as reckless and needless.
According to the 2020 NPP parliamentary candidate, Mr Mahama has become a rebel. And therefore admonished Ghanaians to reject him.
"Mahama call on his children staying abroad, to come and engage in his do or die mantra." Mr Glover angrily said.
Other members of NPP Communications team on social media have condemned the do or die statement made by the former President.
Meanwhile ace journalists Mr Kwasi Pratt Jnr. and Mr Kweku Baako have gone to the defence of Mr Mahama.
Mr Pratt speaking on Good Morning Ghana show on Metro TV explained that there is nothing wrong with the comments of John Mahama.
He noted that the comments were a clarion call to vigilance during the elections and not about violence.
Mr Pratt further continued saying “I am surprised at those who defended All die be die by Akufo-Addo and condemning this one. All die be die cannot be do or die. Isn’t it strange that those vehemently defended are now condemning it? What Akufo-Addo said is more serious.
Former president said it will be do or die and he immediately says that it doesn’t mean all die be die but rather no one should be cheated.
Listen to the two statements and make your own judgment. They are very clear. Context is there and everything is there. What is important is that at the end of the day the people’s will must be respected by the Electoral Commission” Kwesi Pratt said.
Kweku Baako also agreed that the call by Mahama was nothing but a call to vigilance. He explained that the NDC had used this slogan many times and this wasn’t new. He concluded that since he found nothing wrong with the statement of Akufo-Addo then, there is no reason why he should take offence at this statement from Mahama.
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