Former Ghanaian leader, Mr Jerry John Rawlings, believes that although his former party National Chairman, Dr Kwabena Adjei, must have been called naturally by his maker, the party, however, partly contributed to his demise.
Describing the late Dr. Adjei as a very strong and passionate man who lived his conviction while paying tribute to him last Monday at the deceased’s Agboba residence in Accra, the founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he had a great deal of respect for Dr. Adjei because he stood for his beliefs and was not a materialist.
Describing him, further, Mr Rawlings said the late Dr Adjei was a fighter.
However, he said the former NDC chairman died as a result of sadness, feeling disappointed about a lot of things in the party.
“Adjei was disappointed in terms of our own weaknesses as a party. He was disappointed about the politics of our party and the fact that it had been monetised and held hostage. He was hurt about the loss of the value systems of the party,” Mr Rawlings said.
The former president urged the family to stay strong and united during this difficult period and expressed the hope that his children will carry some of his fighting spirit.
An associate of the former president and a good friend of Dr. Adjei, Dr. Anthony Dzegede, who knew Dr. Adjei from his Nigeria days, said as a thinker and a philosopher, it was only natural that Dr. Adjei became a politician.
Dr. Dzegede also described the late Adjei as a genius with brilliant ideas, witty and full of humourous insinuations.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, also shared same sentiments with Mr Rawlings.
According to him, the NDC abandoned Dr. Adjei in the latter part of his life after losing the 2016 general election.
He made this observation last week on Starr FM which was monitored by Today.
According to him, the NDC party did not treat the former national chairman right.
“Once you are in politics immediately you decide to step aside in political circle, your circle of friends also change because you don’t seem to get the support that you used to get when you were in political office. Sometimes you go to him (Dr Kwabena Adjei) and he’s alone at home, Kwabena Adjei is not all that old, somebody who has lectured in the university for all this while should not have been left alone either by our party or the NDC government and all his friends,” he lamented.
“When we were in power he was the Chairman of the Board of GETFund so he was active, it was when we lost power that he was left alone. Those of us who were close to him were the only ones who visited him. That also tells us about the politicking we do in this country, the winner-takes-all,” the Ho West MP added.
Popularly referred to as “Wayoo! Wayo!” Dr Kwabena Adjei died last week Tuesday morning at the Greater Accra Regional [Ridge] Hospital in Accra. He was 76.
The late Dr. Adjei served as party Chairman from 2005 to 2014. Prior to that he had a rich political history, serving in several capacities under the PNDC and NDC governments.
Especially, it was during his supervision as national chairman that the NDC returned to power through election 2008, which was marginally won by the late President J.E.A. Mills.
He succeeded Dr. Obed Asamoah as National Chairman of the NDC in 2005 at the “famous” Koforidua Congress which also saw Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia] becoming General Secretary of the party.
Dr. Adjei led the NDC to retain power in 2012 and was deposed by Mr Kofi Portuphy as Chairman.
He hailed from Nkonya Ntsumuru in the Volta Region and was an academician, politician and a businessman.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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