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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nana Storms Cheriponi

Nana Addo Dankua Akufo-Addo, 2008 NPP presidential candidate, is expected to join thousands of mourners at the interment of the mortal remains of the late Madam Doris Asibi Seidu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Cheriponi constituency in the northern region.
The former presidential candidate, who met the deceased moments before her death at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, arrived in Tamale yesterday to a petrol shortage in the northern region.

According to an aide to the NPP kingpin, Anthony Karbo, Nana Addo would also hold separate meetings with party founding fathers in the region, the youth and sections of party faithfuls before leaving for the burial in Cheriponi. He told Daily Guide the meetings were aimed at fostering party unity and cohesion towards victory in 2012, saying it was also to urge peeved members to put the past behind them and consider the party’s victory in 2012.

News of his visit has ignited the party’s spirit in the region though the main rationale for his visit is to sympathize with the bereaved family and the party in the region over the death of the female legislator. Daily Guide however sighted party colours and paraphernalia in most hotels and guest houses as mourners trouped to the region to pay their last respect to the late Doris Asibi Seidu.
The Deputy Minority leader and MP for Lawra-Nandom, Ambrose Dery, told Daily Guide the parliamentary delegation would be led by the Hon Alban Sumani Bagbin, the Majority leader.

Meanwhile, a number of MPs, both past and new, were as at press time seen at almost every corner of the regional capital in preparation for the arrival of the body today by air, which would then be conveyed on road to Cheriponi for interment. Mrs. Doris Asibi Seidu, who until her death was serving a second term as MP for Cheriponi, died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital due to a reported heart related illness which she had been battling for sometime and had been absent from parliamentary sittings for some months.

The death of the 40-year-old MP brings to two, the number of MPs who have died this year. Mrs. Seidu came to Parliament on the ticket of the opposition NPP in 2005 and served on the Education and Mines and Energy committees. She retained the seat last year when she polled 9,188 out of the 17,559 valid votes cast, representing 53 percent of the votes. Mrs. Seidu is teacher and social worker by profession. She is survived by a husband and one child.


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