The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has paid glowing tribute to the former Upper East regional chairman of the party, Adams Mahama, who was doused with acid at his residence in a brutal attack that saw him die later at the hospital in 2015.
Marking a year after Adams Mahama died, Akufo-Addo said it was sad that “a true blue party man and a noble adherent of its principles and values” had been “senselessly and viciously murdered”.
In a Facebook post, Akufo-Addo said the late Adams Mahama was a charming character who was passionate about Ghana and was convinced that the NPP would capture power in 2016.
He said it was essential to ensure that he did not die in vain, a situation he said demanded that the party rededicated itself to the struggle ahead.
The struggle, he said, was to redeem the country and return it to the path of progress and prosperity.
“When we have done this and put the smiles back on the faces of all the poor and needy people that Adams took care of, only then would we have truly ‘avenged’ his death," he wrote.
Gregory Afoko, the brother of suspended NPP national chairman, Paul Afoko, has been charged with murder over the killing, while one other suspect is said to have fled town before the police could arrest him.
Touching on the ongoing court case, Akufo-Addo urged family members of the late chairman and aggrieved members of the party to continue to trust the judicial system to bring a just resolution to the matter.
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“On this day, and on behalf of the entire membership of the NPP, we pledge to continue to work to keep the Adams’ flame alight. To his widow, children, and family, we pray for Allah’s continued strength for them,” he said.