President Akufo-Addo has led a delegation of government officials and members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to visit the family of the late Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko.
The team, who arrived at the late MP’s Airport Hills residence in Accra around 10:00am on Thursday, commiserated with his family, describing his death as a big blow to the NPP.Akufo-Addo said Mr. Agyarko was an asset to the country and the NPP.
The president, who was expected to commence an official tour of the Eastern Region on Thursday morning, cut short the trip to visit the family.
Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko, died on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in USA, where he was receiving medical treatment.
Mr. Agyarko had not been well for a while and had been receiving medical attention at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital weeks earlier, according to Deputy Information Minister, Pius Hadzide.
Hadzide, who received the delegation on behalf of the family, said;
“Indeed, what he [Akufo-Addo] heard last night is true,” Mr Hadzide told President Akufo Addo.
“A couple of weeks ago, our father, our brother, our son, our husband, our MP reported ill to the family members and they took him to the hospital here in Ghana, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. He was doing well. The family decided that he should go out and take some rest and also to seek further treatment and we have remained with him in prayers.”
“Yesterday [Wednesday] in the afternoon, on or about 4 o’clock there about, we got message that the honourable Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon, passed, and so we have gathered here since last night to discuss and see the way forward, and we got word that His Excellency wanted to come and sympathize with us,” Mr Hadzide said.
Until he took ill, Mr. Agyarko, 61, was a regular panelist on Citi FM’s The Big Issue and Citi TV’s Breakfast Daily.
The National Organizer of the NPP, Mr. Sammy Awuku, who spoke on behalf of President Akufo-Addo said: “Hon Agyarko, he is one of the pillars of our party…According to Mr. President, from his father’s era, Hon. Agyarko’s father was part of the foundation and the founding members of the UP. Together with his family, they’ve stayed with the Dankwa-Dombo-Busina tradition.
“Mr. President and the National Chairman, concludes that this is our own and we’ve lost a very great asset. For him as a president, he’s lost one of his strongest members of parliament, for us as a party, we’ve lost one of our strongest Members of Parliament and also one of our pillars.”
“Mr. President recalls how he is always able to win this constituency in spite of its difficulties, and so he is deeply sad and expresses his deepest sympathies to his wife, the family, to the constituency [Ayawaso West Wuogon] and also to the friends and loved ones,” Mr Awuku said.