The former national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, who led the party into power in 2000 has died at age 70.
The former Minister of Tourism died in London following a protracted illness, his personal aide Bryan Acheampong confirmed.
He said the family will issue an official statement about the death of the former chief of staff soon.
Jake was 70 on February 4, 2016.
From 2005 to July 2007, Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor. Previously Obetsebi-Lamptey was Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital (2002–05) and Minister of Information (2001–02).
He was the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2000 Presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional (civilian-to-civilian) transition of power in that country.
He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. As of February 2010, he was the National Chairman of the NPP.
Obetsebi-Lamptey has several publications to his credit, covering topics from family planning to AIDS prevention in Africa.