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John Mahama’s ‘Do or Die’ statement was apt and timely – NDC Professionals Forum

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The NDC Professionals Forum in North America has endorsed the ‘Do or Die’ statement made by former President John Dramani Mahama in the 2024 general election.

According to the group, the former President’s statement merely seeks to draw the attention of Ghanaians and state institutions to go to every length in protecting the sanctity and integrity of future elections.

“An election is a process, and the need for constant review is very necessary to the growth of our democracy. This statement is purposed to create the needed awareness and remind Ghanaians of what is expected of us as citizens.”

‘Do or Die’ to us means that, Ghanaians must ensure there’s fairness, justice, peace, transparency, and accountability at every polling station. It’s about upholding the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana in truth and fairness. ‘Do or Die’ is all about showing commitment and executing a task to perfection,” the group explained in a statement.

“John Mahama’s ‘Do or Die’ statement was apt and timely. As such, we fully stand with President Mahama in this instance and encourage every voter to be emboldened and feel motivated to do what is right by the Constitution.”

The NDC Professionals Forum, North America chapter encouraged Ghanaians to support the ‘Do or Die’ agenda to “rescue the country from the democratic dictatorship rule of the NPP.”

While on his ‘Thank You’ tour in the Bono Region, this week, the 2020 presidential candidate of the NDC on Tuesday said his party will be more vigilant during the 2024 general elections.

“The 2020 elections were rigged for the NPP. We have however accepted the ruling of the Supreme Court for the sake of peace. However, come 2024, the NDC will be extra vigilant at the polling stations because that is where the elections are won.”

“So at the polling station [in the next election], 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,” Mahama said.

The former President and other leading members of the opposition National Democratic Congress have justified the comment, whereas, the governing New Patriotic Party  (NPP) and other civil society organisations, have condemned it.

My ‘do or die’ comment is an idiomatic expression; there’s nothing to retract – Mahama

Following pressure on him to retract and apologise for the ‘do or die’ comment, former President John Dramani Mahama insisted that he will do no such thing.

He said the comment was on “idiomatic expression” and not a call to violence.

Mahama explained that the comment was meant to be a piece of advice to members of his party– the opposition National Democratic Congress – to urge them to sit up and not wait to be cheated at the polling stations before running to the Supreme Court to litigate election results.


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