Nana Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party has said he is prepared to accept blame for the infamous All-die-be-die mantra which he used in the run-up to the 2012 elections.
According to him, even though the comments were misconstrued, he realises that they were unfortunate.
The All-die-be-die comments made the headlines in the 2012 elections when the then New Patriotic Party flagebearer, Nana Akufo-Addo admonished party members to be vigilant and be ready to defend themselves even at the peril of their lives.
His opponents, particularly, the National Democratic Congress described the call as violent and tagged Nana Akufo-Addo as a violent person who wanted to win the 2012 elections at all cost.
With four years down the lane, many feel Akufo-Addo must officially apologise for the comments.
Speaking on Accra-based Peace FM, Nana Addo explained that the All-die-be-die comments were meant to debunk the notion that the NPP was an Akan and a violent party, and also to indicate that no one can escape death, irrespective of tribe.
“I know that the way it [All-die-be-die] comments were twisted, it proved to be an unfortunate statement from me. I’m prepared to accept all of that, but that is the origin it, with the exact opposite of a tribal statement,” he said.
He further denied allegations that he will move Ghana’s capital from Accra to Kyebi if he becomes president.
He argued that the claims are mere propaganda being used by his opponents to make him unpopular among the Ga-Dangme tribe who are the traditional owners of Accra.
“I have heard rumours that I will relocate the capital to Kyebi because I come from Kyebi. It’s a pity the level of engagement they want to reduce this to.”
“I don’t want to be president only because of the people Kyebi. This is a limited, narrow vision of what the people needs,” he said.
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