Former President John Kufuor is struggling to believe the sudden demise of Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, a former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, describing him as irreplaceable.
“I realised he was losing weight but I thought he was dieting so his death comes as a big shock to me,” he added in an interview on Monday.
Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey passed away in the early hours of Sunday March 20, 2016 in the United Kingdom after a short ailment.
He played an integral part in former President’s Kufuor’s victory in the 2000 Elections, leading the charge as 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 Modernisation of the Capital City.
Political parties, friends and sympathisers have paid glowing tribute to Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey for contributing to Ghana’s political growth.
Former President Kufuor said though his death is sad, Jake would be remembered for working selflessly “especially as my campaign manager, later as Chief of Staff and Minister of State in my government”.
He urged the NPP to let the death of the former party chairman help “efforts at reconciliation and unity which are principles for which Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey stood for. May he rest in peace”.