Dr Nduom and Eva Lokko
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) received the news of Madam Eva Lokko’s demise with “shock and disbelief,” the party’s policy advisor, Kofi Asamoah Siaw has said.
He said her death was the last thing the party expected even though they knew she was unwell.
“For those of us who saw her in the last three months, you could tell that she was not well but she was a fighter,” said Siaw somberly on Morning Starr on Starr 103.5FM on Friday.
Lokko died Thursday, October 6, at the Korle Teaching Hospital where she had been receiving treatment after she had taken ill, party sources confirmed to StarrFMonline.com.
Lokko who was a former Managing Director of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation partnered the presidential nominee of the (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom during the 2012 elections as his vice presidential nominee.
Following the news of her passing Thursday, Dr. Nduom announced that he was suspending his campaign and his scheduled speech for the nation to mourn her as other political parties intensified their campaigns with two months to the December 7 polls.
It is not clear how long the party will be away from the campaign trail—but Siaw hinted on Morning Starr that it might probably be for a week.
“We need to probably suspend politics for the next one week in honour of Madam Eva Lokko,” he told host of Morning Starr, Robert Nii Arday Clegg Snr.
Nduom in his tribute described the lady who partnered him to contest the 2012 elections as a decent politician, passionate to see improvements in the lives of Ghanaians, revealing that they had “promised each other not too long ago to put our health and personal lives before politics [and] that there is more to life than politics.”
Siaw, who was the General Secretary of the PPP when Lokko joined the party and subsequently became the party’s running mate said last night he kept on “having flashbacks of personal encounters” he had with her.
“Her level of incorruptibility was superb,” he said.
Thinker and problem solver
“We wish that she was on the ticket for us … It was going to be a different dynamic if she was there,” he said making reference to the Klottey Korle constituency.
He described her as the main editor for the PPP and “a thinker and problem solver” who was passionate about the PPP and its policies.
Lokko, said Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, was a much focused individual who will take on the system where it was unfair.
“She is irreplaceable,” she said on Morning Starr Friday.
Source: Ghana|StarrFMonline.com|103.5FM|Mohammed Awal
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