Former President John Dramani Mahama has maintained that the 2024 general elections will be a do-or-die event, as he stated on Tuesday, September 7.
He stated that he will not repudiate his remarks, but that he stands by them in light of the “fraud” that characterized the 2020 elections.
In an interview with Sunyani-based Moonlite FM on Wednesday, September 8, Mr. Mahama said that the phrase “do or die” is an idiomatic statement that does not mean what most Ghanaians think it means.
“Open your dictionary and look up the definition of ‘Do or Die.’”
Many have compared the remarks to those made by then opposition candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Koforidua prior to the 2012 elections, when he said, “All die be die.”
They blame the insults on violence.
Mr. Mahama, on the other hand, stated that his is not the same as Mr. Akufo- Addo’s.
“It’s different from ‘All die be die’. ‘All die be die’ is broken English [or] pidgin jargon that we say but this, ‘Do or die’, go open a dictionary and see. And I say it’s a do-or-die affair.
“NDC must man the polling station, they must man the collation centers, make sure the pink sheets are correct, make sure we get the right results and everything because maybe someone else will be flagbearer. They will choose Supreme Court but if I become flagbearer I am not going to the Supreme Court.
“We must win at the polling station or collation center.”