“Do or die comment”: Asking me to apologise means lack of proficiency in English -Mahama
Ex-President John Dramani Mahama says he will not kowtow to calls from critics that he should immediately retract his latest “do or die” comment and render apology, insisting that such needless pressures are borne out of lack of proficiency in English and idiomatic expressions.
The 2020 NDC Flag-bearer John Mahama during his tour of the Bono East Region said “Unlike 2020, the NDC will not run to Supreme Court after 2024 polls to settle electoral disputes because the elections will be won at the polling stations and will be a do or do die affair”.
The comment has received mixed reactions and a backlash from many who are of the view that the statement is needless.
But according to John Mahama, his comment that the 2024 election will be a do or die affair at polling stations is simply a clarion call for citizens to be vigilant and ensure that in all things the electoral laws must rule at the instant of polls not according to the whims and caprices of anybody or a group of individuals who may attempt to breach or bend the rules of engagement on voting day.
Speaking at Bono Region Region during his thank you thank you tour, today Ex-President Mahama who seems to be eagerly lacing the boots of the NDC ahead of 2024 elections said “I will not retract and apologize for do or die comment. I stand by it. It’s an idiomatic expression”.
Meanwhile, Political Science Lecturer at University of Ghana Dr. Seidu Alidu says John Mahama seems to be leading the narrative and setting agenda for the governing NPP to be reacting to and that makes Mahama relevant because the NPP can’t afford to ignore it.
According to Dr. Alidu, although the governing party can’t ignore comments from the Ex-President Mahama simply because it will affect them in the long run, such oral exchanges and debates provoked by opposition leader, can only divert attention of Ghanaians from government policies and programmes.
Source: africaneditors.con/African Editors