My ‘do or die’ comment twisted; not meant to incite killings – Mahama clarifies

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has clarified his ‘do or die’ comment.

According to Mr. Mahama, his political opponents have twisted his comment to make him look bad in the eyes of the Ghanaian populace.

This comes on the back of a petition the New Patriotic Party (NPP) sent to the Criminal Investigations Department for the former president to be arrested and prosecuted over the comment deemed to be inciting members of the National Democratic Congress to foment trouble during the 2024 polls.

The NPP in the petition called on the Police to bring Mahama and National Chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah to book for treasonable and offensive conduct.

Mr. Mahama prior to the 2020 general elections said the NDC will face the New Patriotic Party (NPP) boot-for-boot if the NPP continues to intimidate NDC members with hoodlums and vigilante groups.

He also said the upcoming 2024 general elections will be a ‘do or die’ affair for the NDC.

But addressing party supporters in the Eastern Region on April 12, ex-President Mahama allayed fears that the NDC will neither shoot nor butcher people to death during the 2024 polls.

He maintained that the 2024 general elections will be a crucial one the NDC has to win.

“We are not going to joke in the upcoming 2024 general elections. That’s why I said it’s a do-or-die affair. I made these comments and some people have twisted my words saying I meant we will be butchering and killing people with cutlasses and guns. No, that’s not the ‘do or I die’ I meant. Do or die means the election is very crucial one for NDC to win, so we will not joke with it. It doesn’t mean that we will beat people with sticks and kill them,” Mr. Mahama explained.

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The National Organiser of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye who sent through the petition said these conducts are contrary to Sections 180 and 207 of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (ACT 29) respectively, and which offences are to be dealt with pursuant to Section 1 of the Criminal and Other Offences (Procedure) Act, 1960 (ACT 30).

“Former President John Dramani Mahama, without regard to his stature as a statesman, proudly touted across various platforms, the revolutionary root of the NDC and their unparalleled capacity when it comes to unleashing violence for political gain. Further to this, are his comments to the effect that the NDC’s approach to the elections of 2024 shall be one of “do or die” and “boot-for-boot”. Invariably, this speaks to their unwavering resolve to use fair or foul means to procure electoral advantage regardless of the consequences.”

“When he was asked during a media interview what he meant by ‘boot-for-boot’ and ‘do or die”, and whether with the benefit of hindsight, he would want to retract those incendiary comments, John Dramani Mahama insisted that he meant what he said and that he was never going to retract,” Nana B as he is affectionately called added in the petition.

However, many have described the NPP’s petition as an afterthought and an attempt to divert attention from recent comments made by MP for Abetifi and Minister for Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong when he was addressing party supporters during a rally after a health walk.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), after condemning the comments by Bryan Acheampong called on the Ghana Police Service to immediately arrest and prosecute the Member of Parliament for Abetifi and Minister for Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong for comments the party describe as reckless and treasonable.

Mr Acheampong addressing party supporters at Mpraeso on Saturday said the ruling New Patriotic Party will never hand over power to the opposition NDC in 2025.

The former Minister of State in Charge of National Security added that the NPP will do everything possible to remain in power.

“NDC party will collapse. If the NDC dares to use threats, violence and foolishness in the 2024 election, we will let them know we have the men. We will show them that we have the men. We have the men![He screamed to emphasize]. It will never happen that we, the NPP, will stand on a platform to hand over power to the NDC. It will never happen! We will make sure NPP remains in government at all cost”.

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A founding member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe reacting to the news, slammed the Member of Parliament for Abetifi and Minister for Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong for claiming that the ruling party will hold on to power at all cost.

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