By Maxwell Ofori .
The planned induction of the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has been postponed, following the demise of a former National Chairman of the party, Dr Kwabena Adjei, aka ‘Nkonya Terminator’.
The event, which was slated for today at the College of Physicians and Surgeon in Accra, was to officially affirm the candidature of Mr John Mahama, ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
It is not clear when the party would hold the event, as it has announced it is mourning the passing of the former National Chairman “with a heavy heart and deep sorrow.”
News broke early yesterday of the death of Dr Kwabena Adjei, who was also called Wayoo, Wayoo. A statement issued subsequently by the party, announcing the death, said it occurred at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, after a short illness.
Signed by the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the statement said all party flags should fly at half-mast. “The Functional Executive Committee has declared three (3) days of mourning in memory of our former leader. During this period, all party flags should fly at half-mast, and all party activities suspended.
“As a consequence, the NEC meeting, and the induction ceremony of the flagbearer, scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday 13th March 2019, has been postponed and a new date will be communicated in due course,” the release said, and extended condolences to the bereaved family.
Until his death, Dr Kwabena Adjei was a member of the Council of Elders of the NDC. He was also a former Member of Parliament for Biakoye Constituency in the now Oti Region.
He was also Deputy Secretary for the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) for the Volta Region, and a former PNDC Deputy Secretary for Industries, Science & Technology.
Born on March 9, 1943, Dr Kwabena Adjei served as a Minister for Lands & Forestry, Food and Agriculture, as well as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the 4th Republic.
Meanwhile, former President Mahama and President Akufo-Addo took to their Facebook pages to console the party, and the family at large.
Mr Mahama posted the following message: “I just learnt with profound sadness, the passing of Dr. Kwabena Adjei, former National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Dr. Adjei’s has, through his contributions, left an indelible mark on the democratic development of the NDC as a party, and our dear nation Ghana. I fondly remember Dr. Adjei for his firm and effective leadership of the Majority Caucus in Parliament, of which I was a member, between 1996 and 2000. His impassioned contributions to parliamentary debates and unflinching commitment have been a reference point for contemporary politicking.
“During my visit to him last Sunday at the Ridge Hospital, the doctors described his condition as stable. He was in good cheer and was positive he will join us in the political trenches soon. His demise has left a huge void in the NDC, and left Ghana the poorer for it.
I join my wife, Lordina, to extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to his family and the entire NDC.”
President Akufo-Addo’s post also reads: “Sad to hear of the passing of Dr Kwabena Adjei. He was a friend, whom I met in the 2nd Parliament of the 4th Republic. He was then Majority Leader, and gave good leadership to the House. Man of strong opinions, he was a formidable opponent, and I enjoyed very much our interactions. His relationship with our “boss”, the late great J H Mensah, then Minority Leader, provided a big boost for the work of Parliament and for the advancement of our democracy. He will be missed. My condolences to his party, the National Democratic Congress, and to his family.
May his soul rest in perfect peace!