Like many Ghanaians, I have heard with shock and dismay the news of the sudden death of the Chairman of the National Development and Planning Commission and Senior Adviser to the President, Mr. Paul Victor Obeng.

P.V Obeng, who was an engineer, businessman and politician, played a prominent role in the public life of our country these last four decades and, despite our political differences, he and I maintained a good personal relationship.

The Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the May 7 South African national and provincial elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, met with Commissioners of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa, the permanent body created to promote and safeguard a credible electoral system in the country.

Our attention has been drawn, yet again, to a story published in the Friday, April 25, 2014, edition of the Daily Post Newspaper with the banner headline, “Lord Commey pummelled by Akufo-Addo’s bodyguards.”

According to the pro-NDC newspaper, the former National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party “received the most severe beatings of his life” from the bodyguards of Nana Akufo-Addo, for “failing to give to delegates monies given to him by godfathers in the Akufo-Addo camp to be given to the delegates at the just ended delegates’ conference at Tamale.”