Dignitaries, including former President Jerry John Rawlings, who worked closely with the late PV Obeng during the PNDC days, was there with his wife, Nana Konadu, to bid farewell to PV, as he was fondly called.
Also present at the sorrowful gathering was President John Dramani Mahama, who led a high-powered government delegation which included ministers of state and National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentarians to the funeral grounds.
President Mahama and his entourage stormed the Asare Bediako Park around 9:00 am where a memorial service was being organized for the late Mr. Obeng.
Most of the people present at the memorial service, especially family and friends of the late politician, could not hold back their tears as they openly wept for the departed soul.
Right after the memorial service, the body of the late PV was carried from the Asare Bediako Park to his home at Akrokerri. Mr. Rawlings and President Mahama as well as other dignitaries present followed the coffin on foot.
As the body was being lowered to its final resting place, most of the top men – notably, politicians – were seen shedding tears as they said good bye to their departed colleague, with difficulty.
There were melancholic scenes all over Akrokerri and the nearby towns as people clad in mourning cloth, were seen openly shedding tears for the late politician who dedicated most of his time on earth, serving his country.
After the burial, Rawlings, Nana Konadu and President Mahama left the place as last-minute finishing touches were being put by the family for a mammoth funeral for Mr. Obeng later in the day.
Nana Shakes Akrokerri
The entire foundation of the funeral grounds was shaken when the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his entourage arrived at the place.
Most of the mourners rushed to have a clearer glimpse of Nana Akufo-Addo, who from all indications, endeared himself to most of the mourners.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by top NPP members, including the party two-time vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka ‘Wontumi,’ the party’s Ashanti Regional Chairman.
Although Nana Addo by his demeanour, looked saddened by the departure of Mr. PV Obeng, he was at a point forced to wave back at the thick crowd.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, led high-powered traditional leaders in Asanteman, Sunday morning to attend a thanksgiving service held for the late Mr. Obeng at Akrokerri.
The Asantehene rarely attends funerals and so his presence at the service alone spoke volumes of how the late Mr. Obeng was held in high esteem in Asanteman.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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