“He should have waited to see Ghana flourish under a Nana Akufo Addo’s good governance beginning in 2017, so that when he dies latter he’ll have something good to tell our ancestors”.
Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, an astute political strategist who led the NPP to win power from the NDC party in an election that was keenly contested, died in London on Sunday morning after a protracted sickness.
In an interview with Kasapa News, Sir John described the death of the former Chief of Staff and Tourism Minister under the erstwhile Kufour administration as a big blow to Ghana and the NPP in particular.
He said Jake’s services would have been very crucial to the NPP’s victory in the elections, adding that the party’s win will be an honour to his memory.
From 2005 to July 2007, Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor. Previously Obetsebi-Lamptey was Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital (2002–05) and Minister of Information (2001–02).
He was the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2000 Presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional (civilian-to-civilian) transition of power in that country.
He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. As of February 2010, he is the National Chairman of the NPP.
Obetsebi-Lamptey has several publications to his credit, covering topics from family planning to AIDS prevention in Africa.