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Accra, July 15, GNA - The family of Mr. Peter Ala Adjetey, former Speaker of Parliament, on Tuesday confirmed his death and said he went to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Monday to confirm an appointment for surgery.
Mr. Lawrence Adjetey, eldest son of the late legal luminary, said his father went to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Friday, July 11, 2008 for regular check up and again on Monday, July 14, 2008 to confirm his appointment for admission on Wednesday July 16, 2008 for surgery scheduled for Friday July 18, 2008.
"He was not rushed to the hospital; he went on his own," he said. He said at the hospital Mr. Adjetey was told his blood pressure was a little higher than normal so he was admitted and put under observation but he died suddenly at about 0500 hours on July 15, 2008.
Mr Adjetey did not say the exact cause of death.
Nana Ohene Ntow, General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), of which Mr. Adjetey was a founding member and one time Chairman, told journalists at the residence of the deceased that he personally spoke with Mr Adjetey on phone on Monday July 14, 2008 while he was in hospital.
"I called him to assist a young member of our party on some legal matters and he told me he was seeing the doctor but he would call me back when he was done," he said. "I did not dream that I will hear of his death this morning."
Mr. Jonas Sowah Quaye, nephew of the late former Speaker, said the family had lost a great asset because Mr Adjetey was also the head of the Nuumo Okantey Adjetey Din We of La Dzarasee.
"The big tree of the family has fallen. The family will meet at 1600 hours on July 15, 2008 to decide on the way forward," he said. Mr. Ala Adjetey died at the age of 76. He left behind six children and his 75 year-old wife, Mrs. Johanna Dede.
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