The Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Upper East, Alhaji Adams Mahama, has given up the ghost following the acid attack on him on Wednesday night.
It would be recalled that two men poured acid on Adams Mahama when he was returning from his construction site near his house on Wednesday night.
According to Adams Mahama’s aide, Zakariah Osman, the NPP chairman was in his car when he was stopped by two unidentified persons, and in an attempt to inquire the reason why he was stopped, they poured the substance on him.
The regional chairman was rushed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital and has been in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital where he was but he could not pull through as he was pronounced dead yesterday, Thursday May 21, 2015 and will be buried today, Friday, May 22 with a high-powered delegation led by the NPP’s vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, expected to be in attendance for his burial ceremony.
Also, the flag-bearer and presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akuffo Addo, has cut short his 16-day European tour by returning to Ghana to join in mourning Adams Mahama.
According to him, the tragic death of Adams Mahama, NPP’s Upper East regional chairman is shocking and breaks his heart. He also expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased.
“I am cutting short my trip to Europe to come back home to join everybody in the party and in the country to say goodbye to our fallen colleague and then would soon see what needs to be done within the party and outside to respond to the situation.
“I am heartbroken, we knew each other for a very long time. He is a very good friend of mine and was a very strong aide to the late vice president Alhaji Aliu Mahama. It’s a sad day for the NPP.
“I’m calling on Almighty to give them (the family) the strength to bear this terrible loss. To all my fellow members in NPP, it is time to stay calm and be in solidarity with each other. We don’t want anybody taking the law into their own hands and causing any kind of mess. Instead, be calm and responsible and see what happens,” he advised.
In the same vein, the Electoral Commission (EC) has announced that the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting scheduled for Friday 22 May, 2015 has been postponed due to “the unfortunate death of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Regional Chairman for the Upper East, Adams Mahama.”
In a statement signed by Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley said, “A new date will be announced later. The Commission deeply regrets any inconvenience the postponement might cause.”
Also the ruling party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has also condemned in strong terms, the murder of the Upper East regional chairman of the NPP, Adams Mahama, describing it as a “major setback” for the nation’s democracy.
In a statement released by the General Secretary, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC called on the Police to “intensify investigations” and bring the culprits of this “babaric and heinous” crime to book.
“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has learnt with utter shock and dismay, the untimely death of Alhaji Adams Mahama, Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party after a dastardly acid attack. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this barbaric and cowardly murder which represents a major setback for our democracy.
“We urge the Ghana Police Service to intensify investigations into this heinous crime with a view to bringing the criminals behind this attack to book. We urge the Police not to treat this matter as an internal party matter but a matter that has serious national security implications.
“We also call on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to take urgent steps to quell the growing level of violence and lawlessness that has characterized the activities of the party which has no doubt resulted in this needless loss of life. These acts of violence and lawlessness are casting an undeserved slur on our reputation as a peaceful and democratic country.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the occasion of the death of their Regional Chairman. We call on all political pundits to exercise the greatest level of circumspection in discussing this matter in view of the sensitivity involved,” the statement read.
However, there have been anger in different parts of the country over the death of the NPP regional chairman, Adams Mahama, with the party’s vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, describing the attack as an attack on the NPP itself.