Afoko & Agyapong invited for Mahama’s funeral rites

As the New Patriotic Party prepares to hold the final funeral rites (Adua) for its late Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama on Sunday, his family have told Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong to feel free and come for the ceremony.

The two men, National Chairman Paul Afoko & General Secretetary, Kwabena Agyapong had been warned by some youth of the party not to step foot in Bolgatanga where rights would e held.

An elder of the family, Rockson Bukari said “we are not against anybody coming to the funeral. We are only going to have a final ADUA for our late brother Adam Mahama and all members of the NPP across the country are at liberty to attend the funeral.

The two men could not attend the burial of Upper East regional chair of the party due to the tensions that had engulfed the party around the time but Mr. Bukari said “We cannot debar anybody from coming to the funeral and we cannot also deny anybody from coming. As a family we are ready to welcome anybody who comes to mourn with us” adding that “any executive of the NPP who wants to attend, is welcome.”

The family elder’s comments come on the back of threats issued by some party youth warning Afoko and Agyepong not to show up at the final ADUA.

According to them, some actions by the two national executives led to the murder of Adam Mahama.

Meanwhile about five party executives in the region were cautioned not to attend the ceremony. Afoko and Agyepong were early on prevented from paying their last respects to Adam Mahama during his burial.

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Flagbearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and other senior members of the party including former President John Kufour have called for calm within the rank and file of the NPP adding that the Police should be allowed to investigate the circumstances that led to the death Adams Mahama.

The final ADUA which will take place at the Jubilee Park from 9:00am to about 1:00pm and all regional executives of the party from across the country including Flagbearer are expected to attend.

Mr. Bukari said the family is expecting all NPP Parliamentarians, all regional chairmen of the party, members of the Council of Elders, all constituency and regional executives of the party as well as government delegation and the Upper East Regional Minister, James Zuugah Tiigah. 

He added that in terms of security, the Police have assured the family of providing maximum protection throughout the ADUA. 

Adams Mahama was killed through an acid attack about three weeks ago. Two suspects including the younger brother of Paul Afoko have since been arrested and are facing prosecution in court. His death plunged the party into turmoil but calm seems to be returning to the country’s largest opposition party.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana