The flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says his words were not inciting or predicting violence in the next general elections as many have concluded.
John Mahama during his ‘Thank You’ tour across the regions in Ghana stated in one interview that they were clearly robbed by the ruling party NPP and they are prepared to match boot for boot in the next elections.
“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.
His comment at the radio station was met with harsh reactions from Ghanaians who requested the former President retract and apologize for inciting violence.
Mahama has however refused to retract his ‘do or die’ comment, defending that it was a simple English idiomatic expression that he used.
He said in another interview that the expression is not to encourage chaos but it means “a critical assignment that you have, and you must do the needful or perish.”
He said, “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,”.
Meanwhile some party fanatics have started printing out NDC T-shirts with the ‘Do or Die’ slogan slapped boldly on them.
Information from the grapevine suggests that NDC members are going to use that tag as their slogan for the campaign in the upcoming elections.