The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu says a recent comment by former President John Mahama that the 2024 elections will be a "do or die" at polling stations was motivated by the desperation of being in opposition and witnessing the good governance of the incumbent.
According to him, he was not surprised by the comments because Mr Mahama "is panicking at the pace at which the Akufo-Addo government is moving".
He said Mr Mahama is desperate and has to resort to the use of such inflammatory language because he has no blueprint to match the level of development ongoing in the country.
"It is a distasteful comment that does not belong in our fast-maturing democracy. We note that John Mahama stubbornly refuses to retract, rather he's seeking refuge in semantics and grammar, struggling to explain the impossibility," Mr Boadu said.
"However, we are not surprised. Being in opposition and desperate to come back to power, John Mahama must be panicking at the pace at which the Akufo-Addo government is moving. The President continues to commission completed projects and initiate new ones on his working tours of the country, everywhere the President goes, there is fervent support for his policies which are visibly changing the lives of our people".
Listing several achievements of the Akufo-Addo administration, Mr Boadu mentioned that under the NPP, infrastructure was springing up fast nationwide but particularly in the newly created regions in addition to the 106 1 District 1 Factory projects that were working at "full blast".
Mr Boadu also stated that thanks to the President's prudent management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Mahama was able to move around the country on 'Thank You Tours'.
"No wonder former President Mahama is desperate, he has no blueprint to match the progress he is seeing, he has no alternative for the Ghanaian people. Indeed, if he has something of substance to sell, he would not have resorted to the language of 'do or die'. As for the do, they can do but nobody will die for him".
He also suggested that a political party being vigilant at a polling station depends on the preparedness of the party with regards to "designing and implementing an architecture" that can inform the NDC of the direction the elections are heading.
Speaking in a radio interview in Techiman in the Bono East Region on Tuesday (September 7, 2021), Mr Mahama stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had learnt its lessons from the 2020 election and will be very vigilant at polling stations during the next general election in 2024.
Speaking in the Twi language with the Techiman based radio station, Akina FM, Mr Mahama stated that the 2020 elections taught the NDC that elections could only be won at polling stations, thus they would not let their guard down.
He said the NDC would not want to cheat the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and would equally not allow the NDC to be cheated, but rather want transparency so that the will of the people would be done.
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