The death of Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey hit the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) hard in the heart, the party’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said in a statement.
“The sad news of the passing away of Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey has hit the National Democratic Congress (NDC) very hard in the heart and we send out our heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended families of the late former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“We also commiserate with the NPP in this moment of grief.
“In all honesty, contemporary Ghanaian political history cannot be written without the mention of Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey; and we pray the Good Lord finds a peaceful resting place for his soul. Jake; Ye ma wu due!” the statement added.
The former chairman of the New Patriotic Party and advertising expert died in London Sunday morning from an illness.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration and later as Minister of Tourism. He is credited with the rebranding of Valentine’s Day as Chocolate Day in Ghana. He is also credited with the introduction of Friday wears in Ghana, as part of measures to promote Made-in-Ghana goods. His father was one of the Big Six in Ghana’s political history. In 2007, he run with 16 others in the NPP’s presidential primaries but lost. He was 70.
On December 16 last year, social media got rife with rumours of his death but it later turned out not to be true.