Nana Addo greeting some mourners
There was a massive turnout at the Okuapeman Ahenfie at Akropong on Saturday when the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his retinue got to the venue to mourn with the people of Akuapem over the demise of Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, the Okuapehene.
Nana Akufo-Addo was there with some national executives of the NPP, Members of Parliament (MPs) and other big wigs of the party.
The presence of Nana and his entourage at the forecourt of the palace turned the funeral into a virtual political rally as hundreds of the mourners resorted to chanting, “Nana Addo, the next president of Ghana. Nana, come and save us, we are suffering.”
It took Nana Addo and his team almost 30 minutes at the forecourt of the palace before they were able to exchange greetings with the traditional rulers and members of the bereaved family.
Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, the Paramount Chief of the Akuapem Traditional Area, died at the age of 85, after ruling for 41 years.
The funeral rites of the late chief began last week Sunday with the performance of traditional rites by the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II.
There was a thanksgiving service on Sunday, February 7, and the final burial rites will be performed today, February 8, at the forecourt of the palace.
Until he was called by his ancestors, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa was the President of the Akuapem Traditional Council – a position he occupied from 1974.
He was also a member of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs from 1975, and member of the National House of Chiefs from 1990 till he passed on.
He left behind a wife, Mrs Gloria Ayebea Djan, and five children.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Akropong