The die is cast. The irrevocable decision has been taken as President John Evans Atta Mills passed on yesterday, leaving the nation in a state of shock, grief and morning.
The sudden death, occurred at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra where he was receiving treatment after being taken ill earlier in the morning, three days after his 68th birthday.
It was the first time a sitting President of the Republic had passed away.
He left behind a wife, the First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills, and a son, Kofi Atta Mills.
A statement issued and signed by the Chief of Staff, John Henry Martey-Newman, around mid-day yesterday confirmed the death, stating: “It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the President and the Republic of Ghana.
“The death occurred at the 37 Military Hospital this afternoon while receiving medical attention after being taken ill a few hours earlier.”
It was a general mood of devastation as government officials, politicians, and Ghanaians from all walks of life grappled with the loss, which occurred five months to the December general elections.
Consequently, the Vice-President, John Dramani Mahama was sworn-in as President at Parliament, few hours later by the Chief Justice.
Article 60 Clause (6) of the Constitution states “Whenever the President dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Vice-President shall assume office as President for the unexpired term of office of the President with effect from the date of the death, resignation or removal of the President”.
Clause 10 of Article 60 also states: “The Vice-President shall, upon assuming office as President under clause (6) of this article, nominate a person to the office of Vice-President subject to approval by Parliament.”
The late President was in the US last month went for a routine medical check-up after which the doctors declared him fit to carry on his duties.
Before President Mill embarked on his routine medical check-up, many were those who pronounced him dead.
That became a hullabaloo between the NDC and the NPP. Whilst the NDC accused the NPP of facilitating the death of President Mills, the NPP stated that the President Mills, the NPP stated that the President was seriously ill and should be rested and hang his gloves.
Following his routine accusations, the period became a field day for serial callers from the political divide.