The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is suspending its campaign for the 2016 polls to observe a three-day mourning period from today to Thursday, October 13, 2016, for the late Madam Eva Naa Merle Lokko.
A party statement signed by the National Chairman, Nii Allottey Brew-Hammond, called on members to wear party cloth or red or black and encouraged them to pay tribute to Madam Lokko when they had the opportunity to speak during the period of mourning.
The party has also opened a bock of condolence at the party's Asylum Down Headquarters.
According to the statement, the PPP learnt with profound shock and dismay Madam Lokko's demise late last Thursday afternoon.
“We express PPP's heartfelt condolences to her husband, children, family and well-wishers in this moment of grief, and pray her soul rests in perfect peace with the good Lord,” the statement added.
The National Broadcast by Dr Nduom to tell Ghanaians what to expect from a PPP administration planned for Saturday, October 8, 2012 was also postponed while Muslims in PPP prayed for her last Friday; Christians did so yesterday.
Madam Eva, as she was affectionately called, was an engineer who rose to become the first female Managing Director of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. In 2012, she entered frontline politics when she accepted the nomination to become Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom's running mate in the 2012 presidential election. She was looking forward to the December 2016 parliamentary election, eager to contest, win and represent the people of Korle Klottey in the next Parliament of Ghana.
She worked in over 40 countries across the world in various capacities and served as regional programme coordinator of the UNDP initiative for Internet development in Africa. She also served as the chairperson of the UN Federation of International Civil Servants Association and the United Nations Staff Council and was a member of the UNDP News Advisory Board.
She had a profound passion for youth empowerment and development and this passion found expression in the NGO - Totally Youth - she founded. She was of the firm belief that the dignity of the youth was largely rooted in enterprise and work. Hence her continuous push for job creation and job opportunities for the youth, a belief she fought for until her untimely death.
The party’s statement also said as a wife, mother, colleague and friend who won the admiration of the party and country, she will be sorely missed and fondly remembered as a straight shooter, an inspiring trainer and an effective administrator. Her death is a painful loss to the party and Ghana.