President Akufo-Addo and vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia have paid tribute to the late Clement Kubindiwu Tedam who died in the early hours of today, Friday, April 26, 2019.
They described Mr. Tedam as a great Ghanaian patriot and “a legend of the New Patriotic Party.”
Below are two separate statements from the president and his vice:
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO MOURNS C.K. TEDAM
I am deeply saddened by the death of Clement Kubindiwu Tedam, a great Ghanaian patriot, and a stalwart and legend of the New Patriotic Party, which occurred in the early hours of today, Friday, 26th April, 2019.
A member of the Paga Royal Family, C.K. Tedam was the last surviving member of the Northern People’s Party, the first NPP. He became an important activist of the United Party, the Progress Party, the Popular Front Party and the New Patriotic Party, and played an integral and vibrant part in the development of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition.
Age did not diminish his commitment to the cause of the NPP, and, despite his advanced age, he was very active in the affairs of the party until the very end, and a major influence on its growth. He served graciously on several committees of the party, and, as Chair of the Council of Elders, he played an invaluable and unforgettable role in preserving the stability and unity of the party, when it became embroiled in a series of unnecessary disputes that sought, deliberately, to undermine its coherence. C.K. Tedam was a rock in that painful era of distress, and this and succeeding generations of adherents of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition will always honour and treasure his memory.
Member of Parliament, Minister for Local Government, Member of the Council of State, he served his nation well, and worked with others, against great odds, to help entrench the values of respect for the rule of law, individual liberties and human rights, and the principles of democratic accountability in the body politic of our nation, helping, after a long struggle, to make the mantra of “Development in Freedom” the dominant principle in Ghanaian politics. He belonged to the group of Ghanaians, who never wavered in their belief that a vigorous, market economy would best serve the needs of growth and development of our nation.
C.K. Tedam leaves a big void not only in the NPP family and in the Ghanaian nation, but also in my personal life, as he was a constant and consistent source of good, invaluable counsel. I will miss him dearly.
I extend my deepest condolences to the Paga Pio, Charles Awia Awamampaga, to his family and to the New Patriotic Party, and to all the people of Ghana, who have suffered a great loss in the departure of their faithful servant.
May his soul rest and abide in the bosom of the Almighty until the last day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia writes;
I have received with sadness the death of our father and venerable statesman Mr.Clement Kubindiwor Tedam affectionately called C.K Tedam.
He epitomised honesty, loyalty, humility, wisdom and was a source of inspiration to me and anyone who was privileged to know him.
He served Ghana and the New Patriotic Party with dedication, dignity, and zeal.
Mr. Tedam served as a Member of Parliament during the colonial era and was a founding member of the Northern People’s Party. He was appointed the Minister of Local Government under Supreme Military Council junta.
With the return to democracy in 1992, Mr Tedam became a founding father of the New Patriotic Party and later a member of the Council of State under former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
Until his demise, he was the Chairman of the NPP’s Council of elders.
Samira Bawumia and I condole with his family, the New Patriotic Party and Ghana at large for the demise of this great man.
This is a life to be celebrated.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Source: Daily Mail GH