Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed profound shock and sadness at the demise of Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey died in the early hours of Sunday in a London hospital where he had gone for treatment.
Former President Kufuor described Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey as: “Very professional in his field of Public Relations and Advertising,” adding that, “he conveyed serious matters with a relaxed mien and charm, was affable and had a great sense of humour; he was a good man.”
“Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey was born into the Danquah – Busia tradition and stayed true to its tenets throughout his adult life. The party has lost a pillar and Ghana a true son. The party must be in mourning and his death must be a period of deep and sober reflection for all NPP members.
“It should help in our efforts at reconciliation and unity which are principles for which Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey stood for. May He Rest In Peace,” Kufuor said.
Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, played an integral part in Kufuor’s victory in 2001, as his Election Campaign Manager.
He served as the first Chief of Staff in the former President’s administration and variously as Minister of Information and Presidential Affairs, and Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City.
President John Dramani Mahama among other personalities have expressed their condolences.
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the passing of the former chief of staff as a major loss to Ghana.
“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),” its General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said.
The NPP has directed that all party flags should fly at half-mast.
Jake died at 70.