Ex-president John Kufuor is appealing to the leadership of the New Patriotic Party to close their ranks and fight the 2016 elections in unity.
He said that will be the only honour worthy of the late chairman of the party Jake Obetsebi Lamptey.
“When we do that Jake would not have served in vain,” he told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu a day after Mr Lamptey died at a London Hospital.
The astute advertiser whose campaign strategy brought the NPP into government for the first time under the fourth republic was unwell and went to South African, then to London for treatment but died on the dawn of Sunday March 20, 2016.
Mr Kufuor said his death came as shock to him and is yet to recover from it.
Recounting the legacy of Mr Lamptey, the ex-president said Jake was a “devout Danquah Busia man committed to the tenets of the tradition- respect for the rule of law. human rights, respect for the freedom of thought, speech and association. He was also a respecter of individual initiatives, private sector.”
The qualities of Jake Obetsebi Lamptey notwithstanding, Ex President Kufuor believes the NPP is a party of talents, none of whom is indispensable.
He admitted though that “filling the vacuum he left will be a challenge. It is not easy. But having said that, i would say that nobody is indispensable. We all come and go. We play our roles when the time is up we go but he played his role very well.
“My appeal is for the party to close ranks. To hold together and put our side of our argument across to Ghana and hope that this year Ghana will favour the NPP by returning the NPP back to power.
“When we do that then Jake will not have served in vain all together. We would have honoured Jake in ways that he really deserves,” he said.