In a surprise move that has shocked some members of the NDC, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah has defended former President John Dramani Mahama for the first time over his infamous ‘Do or Die comment during his Thank You tour.
Recall that the NDC flagbearer in an interview with Techiman-based Akina FM on Tuesday, September 7 declared the next general elections as going to be a do-or-die affair given events that surrounded his defeat in the last elections. “We have learnt our lessons from happenings during the 2020 polls,”
Mr Mahama said at the start of the second phase of his Thank You tour. “The 2024 elections will be won or lost at the polling station. It will be do-or-die at the polling stations.
The right thing must be done during the polls. We will win the elections at the polling station and won’t wait for collation centre results nor petition the Supreme Court if aggrieved,” he said.
His comment has been widely condemned by members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) but surprisingly the Kumasi based cleric who is a flagrant sympathizer of the party has come to his defense insisting Mahama did nothing wrong.
Speaking on Accra-based Neat FM on Friday, September 10, Rev. Owusu Bempah said the comments only connoted the NDC will up their preparations for the elections. He said even in football, which he played at the colts level, ‘Do or die’ is usually used specially when the stakes are high.
He advanced his point even further with an illustration of Asante Kotoko-Hearts of Oak clashes which he says have been referred to as “do and die” not because there will be violence but the stakes being high. For him, that is only what Mr. Mahama meant and it is not about violence.