Former President John Mahama

Former Deputy Communications Officer at the office of the former President, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has said John Mahama is not a violent person, hence his ‘do or die’ comment should not be misconstrued as a vicious one.

“There’s absolutely nothing in his record that even remotely suggest that he will do anything to undermine the peace and security of the country,” he said.

His comment comes to explain the former President’s statement that “the 2024 elections will be a do or die affair at the polling stations”.

Speaking on Joy FM’s News Night on Tuesday, he apprised that Mr Mahama was speaking within the context of happenings during the 2020 elections.

“We are dealing with the Akufo-Addo – Bawumia government and the NPP that is vicious, violent and thuggish.”

He pointed out, that for the first time in the history of the country, eight innocent Ghanaians were gunned down for merely going to observe the collation of ballots that had been cast.

Mr Ofosu further stated that the party went to court because they were extremely dissatisfied with the results, but the outcome indicated to them that elections are not won in court.

“We do not believe that justice was done at the court and the clear impression that we took away from the court was that elections are won at the polling stations,” he said.

“So the former President was only indicating that in 2024, we are going to maintain a state of preparedness and a high level of vigilance and that, we are not going to countenance any act of intimidation or rigging.”

Again, Mr Ofosu stated that “there is also a conniving Electoral Commission that is obviously bent on rigging the elections for the New Patriotic Party and would not listen to any pleas for fairness.”

“So the NDC as a party is on its own and, therefore, we owe it to ourselves to mount the appropriate strategizes to do the sort of things that will ensure that ballots are protected and that the NPP in no way attempts to sway the elections of 2024,” he further noted.

Meanwhile, John Mahama, standing by his words explained that the comment is an “idiomatic expression”.

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