The NPP has learnt with sadness and profound shock the passing of the legendary Clement Kubindiwor Tedam (popularly known as C.K. Tedam), a stalwart and founding father of the party, which sad event occurred in the early hours of today, Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where had been on admission receiving medical attention.
C.K. Tedam, who died at 94, was not only a founding father of the NPP tradition, but also, an embodiment of party’s heritage and a symbol of peace, who was revered by all. The NPP readily recalls the instrumental role he consistently played in resolving internal disputes that plagued the party at various times especially in 2015.
He had, since 2008, been the Chairman of the NPP’s Council of Elders and until his passing, he steered the affairs of the Council with impeccable distinction, and was punctual and active in every meeting of the national party including meetings of NEC, National Council as well as National Delegates Conferences.
The teacher cum politician from the Royal Family of Paga in the Upper East Region (C.K. Tedam), co-founded the Northern People’s Party with his compatriot, S.D. Dombo and others, which party later merged with like-minded political parties to form the United Party, the political tradition from which the New Patriotic Party takes its root. He served as an MP on the ticket of the Northern People’s Party and as a Minister of State during the regime of the Supreme Military Council (SMC), and also, as a member of the Council of State in the Kufour administration.
Clearly, C.K. Tedam’s contribution to the Danquah-Busia-Dombo political tradition and Ghana at large, cannot be overemphasized, and thus, his passing, is such an incalculable loss to the party and to the rest of the country. We, in the NPP in particular, have indeed lost a father, a mentor and a colossus.
The party, accordingly, extends its heartfelt condolence to his immediate family especially his surviving children, the good people of Paga and the Upper East Region, and the rest of the nation for this unbearable loss. The party stands with them in these difficult times and would provide them the needed support.
As a mark of respect in honour of his memory, the NPP has directed that all party flags at the national headquarters and in the respective regions and constituencies be flown at half-mast for the next seven days.
May the soul of our dearly departed father and mentor find solace in God’s bosom and may the family he left behind and indeed all of us find fortitude to bear this great loss.