Jake Kicks the bucket

Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey

Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey

The former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey is reported dead.

Mr Lamptey died on Sunday at a hospital in London after a short illness.

Bryan Acheampong, a confidante of Jake Obetsebi Lamptey confirmed his death yesterday.

Mr Lamptey, born on February 4, 1946, was an astute advertiser and had a rich political history. His father, the late Emmanuel Obetsebi- Lamptey was a member of the big six who had independence for Ghana.

Like his father, Jake was a founding member of the New Patriotic Party and was credited for bringing the NPP to power in the year 2000 when he acted as the campaign manager to then candidate John Agyekum Kufuor.

He then occupied diverse positions in government including Chief of Staff, Tourism Minister.

In 2008 Jake was one of 17 aspirants who contested for the position of the flagbearer of the NPP, but lost to Nana Akufo-Addo who has since remained the flagbearer after two failed attempts at becoming the president.

The fair coloured, huge, smooth talking personality then vied for the position of the party Chairman and won in 2010.

Attempts by Mr Lamptey to return the NPP to power in 2012 failed and was voted out as Chairman at a congress held in Tamale in 2014.

He then decided to take a long break out of politics but sometimes he commented on issues of national importance.

He was 70.

-GNA

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