The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer for election 2012, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has explained there is nothing wrong with his infamous ‘All Die be Die’ comment to warrant any regret.
According to him, his statement was a call on members of the NPP to resist attempts by their opponents to intimidate and scare them especially as the nation prepares for elections in 2012.
The flagbearer was heavily critisised after he told party members at Koforidua, last February, to ready for a serious electoral battle in 2012 since the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) would try to hold on to power by all means, even though all the odds were against them (NDC).
He called on the supporters to stand firm and defend themselves if they were attacked, declaring that “in 2012, we need to be courageous because ‘All Die be Die'”, he said.
In an interview on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Thursday, Nana Akufo-Addo explained that he only exhorted his supporters to defend themselves due to the failure of the security services, especially the Police, to protect people during some by-elections held in the recent past.
Nana Addo at the time of making the comment, cited the Atiwa by-elections where he said the ruling NDC sent its goons to visit mayhem on innocent people during that election, as a prelude to what could happen in 2012. But the Police Service as at now has yet to get hold of those who perpetrated the violence.
He also mentioned that there were countless instances where people had committed crimes and gone scot free because of their affiliation with the ruling party.
Nana Addo said it was in light of these instances that he exhorted his supporters not to succumb to intimidation but to stand firm and defend themselves if anyone attacked them during the 2012 election.
Every Ghanaian who commits a crime irrespective of which political party he or she belongs to must be brought to book, he insisted.