General News of Saturday, 22 March 2014
A deputy Interior Minister James Agalga has challenged the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party to purge himself of the infamous “all-die-be-die” mantra which he used in the run-up to the 2012 elections.
He maintains Nana Akufo-Addo must "openly denounce" the mantra and apologise for it. Only then would he be seen to have learnt his lessons from the past. Agalga was speaking on Joy FM and Multi TV's news analysis programme Newsfile on Saturday.
The “all-die-be-die” made the headlines in the 2012 elections when the then New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Akufo-Addo admonished party supporters to be vigilant and be ready to defend themselves even at the peril of their lives.
His opponents described the call as violent and tagged Nana Akufo-Addo as a violent person who wanted to win the elections at all cost.
Having officially announced his intention to contest the 2016 elections after a six-month hiatus from front-line politics, there has been a sudden resuscitation of the “all-die-be-die” ghost with critics challenging Nana Addo to denounce the mantra.
Even in his official declaration of intent on Thursday, Akufo-Addo said he had made mistakes in his political career in the past and made comments which on hindsight he could have put better.
Spokespersons of the NPP say that is a bold admission that the NPP front runner has apologised for the “all-die-be-die” slogan but critics are not impressed. James Agalga is one of them and believes Nana Akufo-Addo should be bold to openly denounce the mantra.
He said just like in 1998 when Akufo-Addo openly denied assertions he was going to form a political party after he lost the NPP primaries to JA Kufuor, he should come out publicly to denounce the violent slogan.
But the Editor in Chief of the Crusading Guide Newspaper Kweku Baako Jnr said the NDC cannot invite Nana Addo to denounce their own "distorted interpretation of the all-die-be-die" mantra.
He argued that the conduct of NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo in the post 2012 elections shows that the all-die-be-die propaganda, for whatever its worth, has been "murdered and buried."
He said the strategy of the NDC was to portray Nana Akufo-Addo as a violent person but his conduct after the elections- choosing to go to court instead of going onto the streets to contest the election results- rather won him global admiration.