An aide to former President John Mahama, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has said the former President’s “do or die” remark about the 2024 election is not a call to violence.
“There is nothing in this man’s record that suggests that he will do anything at all to undermine the peace and security of the Republic of Ghana,” Mr Ofosu said on Eyewitness News.
He instead said the comments were only to indicate how vigilant the National Democratic Congress will be during the 2024 election.
“President Mahama has made it clear that in 2024, we in the NDC are going to exercise a state of preparedness and heightened vigilance to ensure that every ballot that is cast in our favour is counted in our favour.”
Mr Ofosu said the Akufo-Addo administration was rather prone to violent tactics.
In making his point, he cited the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election as an example of state-sponsored violence.
“This is a government that has a mindset of violence and terrorism to the extent that it helps them win elections and therefore we in the NDC are left with no choice but to put out a heightened sense of vigilance on election day to protect our interest.”
Mr Mahama’s comments came in an interview on Akina FM in Techiman, during his ‘Thank You’ tour of the Bono East Region.
The former President maintained that the NDC won the 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections but was robbed of victory.
Mr Mahama unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to annul the results of the elections and order a rerun because of alleged irregularities.
He had argued that neither he nor President Akufo-Addo attained a clear majority because of the omission of one constituency from the provisional declaration of results by Ghana’s Electoral Commission.