A Ritual? These Are NPP Bigwigs Who Died In An Election Year

CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John

There has been a phenomenon in the ruling New Patriotic Party over a decade now. I have monitored the trend that keeps recurring in every election year. We have very senior members of the party that die during every election year. The rest of the article will take you through some bigwigs the New Patriotic Party has lost in election years from 2008.

2008 – HON. KWADWO BAAH -WIREDU

Baah Wiredu

Hon. Kwadwo Baah–Wiredu was a distinguished Ghanaian politician and a key member of the John Agyekum Kuffour’s administration. He was one of the finest economists and accountants Ghana could boast of. He worked at the Ghana Railway Authority before entering into politics, and was a key member of the team that ushered the NPP into power for the first time in 2000.

President John Agyekum Kuffour gave him so many appointments in his government from 2001 to 2008 when he departed. He held the portfolios of Local Government and Rural Development from 2001–03 before he was reshuffled to the Education, Youth and Sports Ministry from 2003 to 2005. He became the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning in 2005.

In 2005 he was the first Finance Minister in Ghana’s history to present the country’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy to Parliament before the arrival of that fiscal year. With his second budget for the fiscal year 2006, and since then it has become a norm for all successive Finance Ministers to date.

He made a case for Ghana on so many international platforms. He served as the Member of Parliament for the Asante Akyem Constituency his hometown and is regarded as one of the illustrious sons of the land. Few Months to the elections on 24th September 2008, Baah Wiredu died in South Africa where he had been receiving medical treatment for a short illness.

2012 – HIS EXCELLENCY ALHAJI ALIU MAHAMA

Alhaji Aliu Mahama

Alhaji Aliu Mahama was a senior Member of the New Patriotic Party and a statesman. He is the only person who has served as a Vice President for two consecutive times in Ghana. He was appointed as a running mate of candidate John Agyekum Kuffour in 2000. He became the vice president from 2001 -2009. In 2008 Alhaji Aliu Mahama was one of the 17 people who contested to bear the flag of the New Patriotic Party in the 2008 general elections. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo emerged the winner.

His son, Farouk Aliu Mahama is the NPP parliamentary candidate for the Yendi Constituency in the Northern Region.

Alhaji Aliu Mahama died three weeks to the elections on 16th November 2012 at the age of 66 from a heart-related condition and complications from a stroke. He died almost four months after the then sitting Ghanaian President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills died.

2016 – JAKE OTANKA OBETSEBI LAMPTEY

Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey

Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey was a senior Member of the New Patriotic Party. He served as the National Chairman of the party at the same time Sir John too was the General Secretary. He was one of the petitioners of the 2012 landmark election petition case at the Supreme Court of Ghana. He was succeeded by Paul Afoko as the Chairman of the party. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey was the Campaign Manager of the party in 2000 when president Kuffour was the flagbearer.

He served in so many capacities under Fmr. President John Agyekum Kuffour’s government. He was first appointed as the Minister for Information from 2001 to 2002. Obetsebi-Lamptey was made the Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to July 2007, Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor. He passed on a few months to the 2016 election at a hospital in London on 20 March 2016 at the age of 70.

2016 – JOSEPH BOAKYE DANQUAH ADU

Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu was a Ghanaian politician and the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North Constituency. On 9th February 2016, months to the elections. He was stabbed to death in the wee hours of the morning at his residence.

2016 – KWABENA BOADU

Kwabena Boadu

Kwabena Boadu was a young, intelligent politician. He served as a special aid to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. The Vice President says he was his anchor and has never been the same after his demise. He was electrocuted to death in a hotel in Upper East Regional capital Bolgatanga on 24th November 2016 about two weeks to the elections.

2020 – LAWYER KWADWO OWUSU AFRIYIE (SIR JOHN)

Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie who was affectionately called Sir John was a stalwart of the ruling New Patriotic Party. He was one the biggest fan of the Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo. He said on record that, even if Nana Addo sits in a wheelchair, he will still push him to be a president of Ghana.

He was a General Secretary of the party and failed to secure his re-election in the Tamale Congress. He lost to the embattled Kwabena Agyei Agyapong. He was cited for contempt of court during the 2012 election petition in 2016 and got fined for GHC3000 upon sober plead by his counsel, Lawyer Ayikoi Otoo.

Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission. He succumbed to the complications of coronavirus. He died on the 1st July 2020, an election year, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Other names include Hon. K.K Sam, the mayor of Sekondi Takoradi who also died of coronavirus.

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