Sammy Gyamfi has justified the ‘do or die’ comment passed by former President John Dramani Mahama.
The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the meaning of the expression is not mysterious to anyone who understands the English language.
He said the former President’s political opponents sought to create a storm out of the statement stating that those personalities know enough to be able to find interpretations for the phrase.
On Tuesday, 7 September 2021, the 2020 flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said during his ‘Thank You’ tour that: “We were clearly robbed but we accepted the verdict for the sake of peace.”
“But I want to state here that the next elections would be won or lost at the polling station. So, at the polling station, 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,” he told Techiman-based Akina FM.
According to Mr. Gyamfi, his boss’ statement was meant to fight for accountability for citizens who have concerns with vote casting.
He explained that the phrase used by the former President was a normal English expression found in the good book of the language.
“What his Excellency John Dramani Mahama said for mischief purposes because if you check your dictionary or you go on the net and google the meaning of ‘do or die’, the meaning is very clear,” he told Dr. Randy Abbey on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana, Thursday.
Mr. Sammy Gyamfi noted that the persons who are making a case out of Mr. Mahama’s statement know the fact yet have decided to twist his statement to cause damage.
“And it is not our responsibility to teach anybody English. President Mahama is not going to be an English lecturer to John Boadu and Yaw Buabeng Asamoah and these NPP Communicators who though they know the truth have deliberately decided to spin what the former President said for mischief,” he stated.
The legal practitioner indicated that Mr. Mahama has nothing to regret about his statement stating that it was a phrase that sought to address the insecurity concerns of good citizens concerning the voting box.
“We will not waste our time on that and he is not recounting that statement today, tomorrow or forever because what he said is what the people of this country, well-meaning people of this country who want the ballot protected,” he indicated.
“Who wants to ensure that their votes are counted, collated, and declared as cast. All those people are in support of this statement,” he added.