The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Friday paid glowing tribute to the late Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North constituency, at his funeral which was held at the Forecourt of the State House in Accra.
At the funeral, attended by dignitaries across several fields of human endeavour, including politics and business, Akufo-Addo said he received news of Dr Danquah-Adu's death with shock and horror.
He said in all his dealings with the former deputy minister for works and housing, he had found him a "charming company, convivial and gay, with an inimitable smile".
Akufo-Addo said the late MP was intelligent, well-organised and fully committed to the values of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition.
Dr Danquah-Adu, the NPP flagbearer said, was emphatic on the critical importance of the private sector in promoting the social and economic transformation of society.
He said the fallen MP's own successful business career as an industrialist was eloquent testimony to his deeply held beliefs.
"He had a bright future, both as an entrepreneur and a politician," Akufo-Addo said of his late party man, adding: "Our party and nation have lost a positive spirit, who had much to contribute to the future of our country. I will miss him sorely."
Dr Danquah-Adu, 50, was murdered in cold blood on February 9 at his residence at Shiashie near East Legon in Accra.
He will be buried on Saturday April, 16 at his hometown, Akyem-Tafo, with a memorial service following on Sunday.