Ghana: Rising political heat, burial of opposition leader reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – With the political temperature rising ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in November this year, Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the advice of President John Dramani Mahama to politicians to behave properly for the country to have peaceful polls.

The newspapers also highlighted the burial of Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, former chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra on Friday.

“Don’t inflame political heat,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic following the advice of the president during a meeting with members of the Council of State.

The newspaper said President Mahama asked political leaders contesting the elections to conduct themselves in a manner that would not raise the political temperature in the country.

The Graphic said President Mahama, underscoring his desire to personally lead the way by doing everything in his power to calm the political atmosphere in the run-up to the polls, called on the National Peace Council and other stakeholders to impress on the other contesting political parties to run a calm campaign.

President Mahama expressed concern over the penchant by some political parties to consistently attack the Electoral Commission (EC), adding that the rumpus over the creation of a new logo for the EC was unnecessary, since it would not directly impact on the quality of the elections.

He said Ghana’s EC was one of the best election management bodies in the world, having conducted six successful elections, noting that the EC required the support and encouragement of all to conduct yet another election slated for 7 November, this year.

“The government will continue to give the EC the support it deserves to conduct free and fair elections,” he added.

Aside from providing logistical support for the EC, he pledged to equally resource the security agencies to swiftly deal with thugs who would disturb the electoral process.

“Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey goes home,” was the headline of the state-owned Ghanaian Times on the burial of Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey.

The newspaper said there was a massive turnout at the final funeral rites of Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, former chairman of the NPP, who passed away in London last month.

It said the forecourt of the State House, the venue of the funeral rites, was inundated with hundreds of mourners from all walks of life who converged to pay their last respects to the late statesman.

In a sermon, the Anglican Archbishop of Accra, Right Reverend Dr. Daniel S.M. Torto, reminded Ghanaians that death was inevitable therefore people needed to live lives worthy of emulation.

“We brought nothing to this world and we would depart it with nothing,” he said, and admonished politicians to consider the plight and wellbeing of the citizenry as the topmost priority.

The Graphic had the headline, “Jake served his nation well – President” with the story saying the late Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, former chairman of the NPP, was given a fitting last respects by thousands of Ghanaians on Friday before his remains were laid to rest after a burial service at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

The newspaper said President John Dramani Mahama was on hand to pay his last respects and extol Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey’s illustrious life in an emotional tribute.

The Graphic said the tribute, which was read on his behalf by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, encapsulated the refined life of Jake, both as a politician and shrewd advertising man.

“Jake remained my brother and friend, notwithstanding the fact that we belonged to the opposite (political) sides and we had disagreements,” he said.

President Mahama said as a human being, Jake had his high and low moments but suffice it to say that he served his nation well.
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23 april 2016 07:51:59

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