The Late C.K. Tedam: An NPP Stalwart

The late Clement Kubindiwo Tedam (C.K. Tedam) was born on November 25, 1925 to the Paramount Chief of Paga Traditional Area, Pe Tedam Bayemvua and Madam Kawuri Tedam.

After primary education, Tedem gained admission into the Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO) and upon completion he became a teacher, as teaching was compulsory for all senior boarding school leavers.

He also gained admission into the Law Faculty of the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1969 where he studied Law, Political Science, Philosophy and African Studies.

He was a revered personality in the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who played a founding role in bringing together the Danquah, Busia and Dombo tradition into what is now the NPP.

He was the last surviving member of the Northern People’s Party.

His leadership qualities manifested early in his life.

He was a House Prefect for most part of his elementary school years and also at the teacher training college.

He became a member of the Paga Local Council and a member of the Kassena Nankana District Assembly (KNDA) from 1952-1954.

He served on the Northern Territories Board of Education in Tamale as a representative of the KNDA from 1953 to 1957.

He thus played a role in the establishment of a special scholarship scheme for the acceleration of education in the then Northern Territories.

He entered the political scene in 1954 and was a member of the Legislative Assembly in that same year.

The late C.K. Tedam was elected to Parliament as an Independent Candidate.

He then proceeded to co-found the Northern People’s Party.

He was a member of the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly from 1954 to 1956, first on the ticket of the Northern People’s Party, and again on that of the United Party later in 1956 to 6th March, 1957.

In 1969, he won another election and served his term up to 1971 before a legal suit disqualified him and a bye-election was declared.

He offered to support his sister, Catherine Katuni Tedam, who contested and won the election on the ticket of the Progress Party (PP), thereby maintaining the seat for the Danquah-Busia-Dombo political tradition.

He briefly served as a Commissioner for Local Government during the regime of the Supreme Military Council.

The late C.K. Tedam was a member of the Council of State during former President J.A. Kufuor’s regime. He used his position to resolve many disputes.

And until his death, he was the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the NPP.

He was baptised into the Roman Catholic Church in 1949 and confirmed in 1950 in Tamale and remained a staunch Catholic until his death.

He died on the night of April 25, 2019 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

During his life, he rendered his service to God, Ghana, his party, and northern Ghana.

He was survived by six children and a number of grandchildren.

 

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