Actor John Dumelo has thrown his weight behind a controversial statement NDC 2020 presidential candidate John Mahama made some few days ago.
Former president John Mahama declared in an interview that “the 2024 elections will be a do-or-die affair, especially at the polling stations.”
Many have called the statement unfortunate especially coming from a former leader who has a mammoth following.
John Dumelo in an attempt to please his leader and also clear the air said Mahama didn’t mean violence in the the statement he made.
According to him, Mahama was only urging the party fanatics to be ready to match the New Patriotic Party (NPP) boot for boot in the 2024 elections.
He added that the statement “”do or die” made by Mahama means that the NDC has learnt from its mistakes and has put measures in place to prevent the party from being cheated the second time in 2024.
“Simply put, elections must be won at the polling stations. We will protect the ballot box with all we have. We won’t cheat but we won’t allow ourselves to be cheated,” His tweet read.
John Mahama has however declared that he will not retract the statement he made despite pressure mounted on him by the public.
He said in an interview in Sunyani that, “It is an idiomatic expression. In the English Language, we have idioms in there. I think those who left school early do not understand idiomatic expressions. Do or die means a critical assignment you have, and you must do the needful or perish. What it means is that [officials of the] NDC shouldn’t wait and go to the Supreme Court again.”
“So we have to do whatever we need to do at the polling station and the collation centres. So I won’t retract. The next election for NDC is going to be a do-or-die affair because we have to do the right thing at the polling stations.
“So I’m telling all our party executives that they must be at the polling stations and make sure the right thing is done. They must also be at the collation centres and make sure the right thing is done,” he stressed.