Professor Ransford Gyampo, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Studies at the Department of Political Science of the University of Ghana, has joined the ongoing debate of whether Former President John Dramani Mahama’s “Do or Die” comment is a call for violence or otherwise.
This follows a comment made by the former President on a Techiman-based radio station, Akina FM, that the 2020 elections has taught the NDC that elections can only be won at the polling stations, thus they will not let their guards down in 2024.
“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,” Mahama said.
According to Professor Gyampo, “given how polarized we are, we must not defend any good idiomatic expression that is susceptible to “bad misinterpretation.”
He stressed that “it is a cheap display of hypocrisy and an insult to the discernment of Ghanaians, if you supported an “all die be die” statement, and are now condemning “a do or die” idiom, without first letting us know of your political repentance.”
He went ahead to urge that the conduct of politics in Ghana must be tampered with some principles and conscience.
Former President John Dramani Mahama’s “Do or Die” comment has generated wild controversies on social media with one faction calling on him to apologize for making such statement, and another faction defending him for the statement.