Mr Afoko in handshake with Mr Blay

Dignitaries at JB’s one-week rites

The observance of the one-week rites in connection with the death of  Mr J B  Danquah-Adu, a member of Parliament (MP), attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, including  politicians  from both sides of the political divide as well as  members of the diplomatic corps.

The solemn ceremony  in Accra on Thursday made the  New Patriotic Party ( NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) bury their political differences for a moment  and jointly mourned the departed  MP for  Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.

The dignitaries who attended  the ceremony included the Vice President, Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur, and the NPP presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, both of whom signed the book of condolence.

Pleasing scene

The most  pleasing aspect of  the solemn ceremony  was when  the embattled National Chairman of the  NPP, Mr Paul Afoko, accompanied  by the former  chief of  Staff in the Kufuor administration, Mr Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani, and the suspended second national vice chairman, Mr Sammy Crabbe, appeared at the funeral grounds and shook hands with Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia,  and Freddie Blay, the Acting National Chairman of NPP, amidst  thunderous applause from the crowd.

The action attracted many journalists and cameramen present, as they drew closer to capture the moment.

Other dignitaries  were Mr Alan Kwadwo  Kyerematen, a leading member of NPP; Mr C.K Tedam, the chairman of Council of Elders of the NPP; Mr Alfred Agbesi, the Deputy Majority leader  in Parliament,  and Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minority leader in Parliament; Dr Edmund Delle, the National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and Dr Henry Lartey, the leader and presidential candidate of the  Great Consolidated Peoples Party (GCPP).

Mr Kyei -Mensah -Bonsu, Mr Atta Akyea,  MP for Abuakwa South, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations,  and Ms Esther Obeng  Dapaah, MP for  Abirem, who described themselves as  close friends of the late MP  and chief mourners, told journalists that  Mr Danquah-Adu was a gentleman, generous, humane, affable and tolerant, who related very well with all manner of people, no matter their political affiliations.

Ghana has lost

They  said J.B was  incorruptible and was prepared to help anybody who approached him for assistance, stressing  that Parliament, Ghana and the world at large had lost a personality who is irreplaceable.

The Okyenhene sent a high- powered  delegation led  by  Barima Kwaku Duah, Nananomhene  of Akyem Abuakwa, and Nana Asante Bediatuo, Akyeman Apagyahene, who were accompanied  by drumming  of the fontomfrom which  brought  vigour to the funeral grounds.

A number of  aggrieved female relatives  of the late  J.B Danquah-Adu, from Akyem Old Tafo, who were clad in red and carried eggs and schnapps, poured libation and cursed the perpetrators  of the  heinous crime.

A delegation from the police service, led by Commissioner of Police, Ms Rose Bio Atinga, accompanied by COP Christian Yohunu, the Director General  of Operations, also attended the ceremony.

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