President Nana Akufi-Addo says he is yet to recover from the death of the former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi Lamptey.
The President, who is currently out of the country for the fifth edition of the Africa CEO Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, in an audio posted on his Facebook page apologized for his absence as the NPP marks one year of Jake’s demise. He said:” I have to apologize for not being with you on this, still for me, very sad occasion. But I am there with you in spirit. I have had to leave the country to go and do some work in Switzerland. What is going on there is the biggest gap for me personally in our victory on December 7, 2016.”
Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in London after battling an ailment. The President, in the audio clip, described Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey as a pillar and stalwart of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition who he would have wished shared in his victory.
“This fine man was a huge pillar and stalwart of the NPP, the stalwart of the Ghanaian nation, is not with us at a time when his presence would have been very welcome, his mind and his spirit, but that is the way of God and we have to accept it and in fact we rejoice in it.”
He added: “It has always been my expectation that victory which I was sure one day will come no matter how long it took, will be one I will share with a man whom I knew from the very beginning of my life and with whom I stayed friends all trough.”
He further said in the audio that, “I have no doubt that he is in a good place. I want all of you to share that sentiment with me.”
The President also extended his condolence to Jake’s family and the NPP, saying “One again, I am sorry I am not with you. My spirit is there and my condolence goes out to his valiant wife and his children. All his daughters and all of those, who embraced, loved and fathered. My condolence to all of you.”
“My deepest condolence goes to the New Patriotic Party which continues to experience his absence. We will always miss him. I’ve still been unable to adjust to his absence. God bless him and God bless all of you. Thank you.”
The late Obetsebi-Lamptey was the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New NPP during the 2000 presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional ( civilian-to-civilian) transition of power in that country. From 2005 to July 2007, he served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor. He was Minister of Tourism and Modernisaion of the Capital (2002-2005) and Minister of Information (2001-2002). He also served as a Chief of Staff in the government of former President John Kufuor. – cityfmonline.com
Source: The Ghanaian Times