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‘DO OR DIE’ comment apt; no retraction, no Supreme Court – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has hit back at critics insisting his ‘Do or Die’ comment is not intended to incite the public as they want the public to believe. The former President whose comment is borne out of lessons learnt from the 2020 elections and how the dispute was handled says he will not retract the ‘Do or Die’ comment.

On Tuesday, 7 September 2021, the 2020 flag bearer of the NDC who spoke on Techiman based Akina FM in the Bono East region, during his ‘Thank You’ tour reiterated NDC’s position. “We were clearly robbed but we accepted the verdict for the sake of peace.” He however said the NDC will police the ballot come 2024 and is not ready to go back to the Supreme Court.

Activists of the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP and their apparatchiks have since lashed out at the former President suggesting his remark is intended to incite the public and a recipe for chaos.

But John Mahama has hit back at them.

Speaking on Sunyani-based Moonlite FM, the former President said that: “’Do or die’ is an English idiom; those who left school early don’t understand what an idiomatic expression is”. Do or die’ means a critical assignment that you have and you must do the needful or perish”.
He added …“And, so, you must do the needful. So, what I mean is that NDC will not wait to go to the Supreme Court again, so, we have to do what is required of us at the polling station”. “And, so, I don’t retract”.

He stressed that party executives will be well conditioned and in the next election, all must do the right thing at the polling stations”.

He continued: “And, so I’m telling all our party executives that you must be at that polling station and make sure the right thing is done. So, I haven’t retracted my words. Don’t abdicate your responsibility at that level and expect that after somebody has stolen the election, you go to the Supreme Court to see if they will turn the election for you; they won’t do it”.

According to him, the “NDC must man the polling stations, they must man the collation centres, make sure the pink sheets are correct, make sure we get the right results and everything because, maybe, somebody else will become the flag bearer and he may say he will go the Supreme Court but if I become the NDC flagbearer again, I’m not going to the Supreme Court”.
“We must win at the polling station and the collation centre then the EC would have no option than to declare who the true winner is”, Mr Mahama insisted.

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