Confirmed: Meaning of John Mahama’s “Do or Die” statement for 2024 elections

NDC's Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama
NDC's Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama

Many Ghanaians are worried, while some are in a dilemma or a state of confusion over the harmless statement made by the Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama in a live radio interview.

Some Ghanaians, especially bigwigs in the New Patriotic Party and some “supposed neutrals” have laid the head of the former President to be slaughtered following his recent statement “Do or Die”.

The 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress has boldly said, the next elections in 2024 will be a do-or-die affairs at the polling stations.


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According to him, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has learnt its lessons from the 2020 elections and will ensure that, the right things are done during the 2024 general elections so as to win political power from NPP.

He said this, while speaking in a radio interview at Akina FM in Techiman of the Bono East Region on Tuesday, 7th September, 2021.


Though, the former Head of State means no harm like he said prior to the December 2020 general elections that, “NDC shall match NPP boot for boot” a section of Ghanaians begin chastising and criticizing him for the statement made.

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In order to clear the airwaves and misconception in the minds of many especially Ghanaians on the wrong meaning of the statement being spread, some bigwigs in NDC including the former aide of the president Stan Xoese Dogbe has pulled out the simplified meaning of the statement “Do or Die” to general public as a form of education on the subject matter.

The statement “Do or Die” simply means;

1. a situation in which you must take a big risk in order to avoid failure.

2. requiring supreme effort to avoid the dire consequences of failure.

3. to try to achieve a goal or fail making the effort.

4. involving a determined and sometimes reckless effort to succeed.

5. reflecting or characterized by an
irrevocable decision to succeed at all Costs.

6. a situation that is extremely important, and failure would result in a big problem.

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1. A do-or-die attempt to halt the invaders.

2. Exams are near it’s do or die people.

3. On Wednesday, it’s do or die in the Cricket match against Australia.

4. When Quentin had to give a
presentation to some new clients, his boss warned him that it would be a do or die situation.

5. Well, I guess it is do-or-die so decide if you really want to join our team.

6. He was in a do-or-die situation to the bitter end.

7. A do-or-die situation

8. I am working hard to defeat my
competitor and to win I have to do or die.

9. When I was lost in desert, it was a do or die situation for me to survive.


Scotland, present since 1875-80.

The term “do or die” comes from Robert Burns’ poem “Robert Bruce’s March to Bannockburn” which was a poem about the first War of Scottish Independence.

The last stanza of the poem reads:

“Lay the profound Usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe! Liberty’s in every blow! Let us Do-or-Die!”



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