President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed sorrow over the death of Clement Kubindiwu Tedam, a Ghanaian patriot and stalwart of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Mr. Tedam died in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 94
“C.K. Tedam leaves a big void not only in the NPP family and in the Ghanaian nation, but also in my personal life, as he was a constant and consistent source of good, invaluable counsel. I will miss him dearly,” President Akufo-Addo said in a facebook post
A member of the Paga Royal Family, C.K. Tedam was the last surviving member of the Northern People’s Party, the first NPP.
He became an important activist of the United Party, the Progress Party, the Popular Front Party and the New Patriotic Party, and played an integral and vibrant part in the development of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition.
He was active in the affairs of the party and was a major influence on its growth.
“C.K Tedam served graciously on several committees of the party, and, as Chair of the Council of Elders, played an invaluable and unforgettable role in preserving the stability and unity of the party, when it became embroiled in a series of unnecessary disputes that sought, deliberately, to undermine its coherence. C.K. Tedam was a rock in that painful era of distress, and this and succeeding generations of adherents of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition will always honour and treasure his memory,” he said.
C.K Tedam was a Member of Parliament, Minister for Local Government, and Member of the Council of State.
President Akufo-Addo said C.K Tedam served his nation well, and worked with others, against great odds, to help entrench the values of respect for the rule of law, individual liberties and human rights, and the principles of democratic accountability in the body politic of the country.
He said C.K Tedam, after a long struggle, worked to make the mantra of “Development in Freedom” the dominant principle in Ghanaian politics.
“He belonged to the group of Ghanaians, who never wavered in their belief that a vigorous, market economy would best serve the needs of growth and development of our nation,” he said.
BY YAW KYEI