General News of Thursday, 21 December 2017
Ex-president John Agyekum Kufuor has declared that, the ‘all die be die’ statement by the ruling New Patriotic party, which took over the airwaves in 2011, was a defensive statement.
According to the former president, the statement was rather meant for self-defense and the NPP wanted to make their stand clear.
Leader of the ruling NPP party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on February, 2011, told party members at Koforidua that, they should gear up for a serious electoral battle in 2012 because the NDC party would try to hold on to power by all means, even though all the odds are against them (NDC).
The president canvasing for vote stated, “You must understand that this party was formed by courageous people. Our leaders who formed this party that has now become the biggest political movement in Ghana were not cowards. So in 2012 we need to be courageous because all ‘die be die’ and I repeat All die be die.”
The statement challenge by a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mr Mohammed Abass, indicated that, the “all die be die” remarks was a blot on the NPP’s record.
According to him, the comment have earned the NPP leader a tag as a violent character.
Refusing claims on the comment, Former President Kufour, on Starr Chart with Bola Ray, declared that, he sees nothing wrong with the statement and he was surprised people were making meanings out it.
He said, “well for me, the all die be die statement, is normal and I am not threaten by that. Every death is death.”
Making his assertions further, he said, “It’s rather a defensive statement that Akufo-Addo made and I was surprised it became the talk of the day.”
Confirming Akufo-Addo’s statement, he said, ‘Owuo bia yeowuo’ [meaning everyone will die], we will die one day and I see the statement as rather a way to stop the bully from harming the victim.”