Isofoton official calls Aminu's bluff; dares to meet him court
8/2/2012 11:30:14 PM -
Spanish company Isofoton SA has called the bluff of former Attorney General Martin Amidu who has jointly sued the company and the current Attorney General over a controversial judgement debt saga.
The company is seeking over 1.3 million judgement debt against government for what they claim was a breach of contract by the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
The Mahama led government has paid part of the money even though the case is still pending at the court.
Martin Amidu avers that Isofoton SA has no legitimate contract with government and has no business making any claims of government.
In a suit filed at the Supreme Court, against the Attorney-General, Isofoton S. A. of Montalban, Madrid, Spain and Mr. Anane-Agyei Forson, a Ghanaian citizen and agent of Isofoton S. A., Amidu is seeking nine declaration including what he says is the illegal payment made to Isofoton by the government.
He issued a statement providing details of the writ.
"The announcement and threats issued to the general public on 7th July 2012 on the Newsfile programmme of Joy FM by the Government through the Deputy Minister for Information (Mr. Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa) that the Government was about to pay the balance of the alleged Isofoton S. A. judgment debt while the matter was still pending on Appeal is a clear sign that the Government is incapable of pursuing and protecting the public interest in this matter fairly and impartially," part of the statement said.
He said in pursuit of Articles 2 and 130 of the 1992 Constitution he as citizen of Ghana is filing this writ in the interest of probity, and transparency in government.
But the Isofoton representative, who has been joined in the suit, Mr. Anane-Agyei Forson, does not appear to be intimidated.
He told Joy News' Evans Mensah he has received a copy of the writ and his lawyers are ready to face Amidu in court.
He questioned the locus standi of the former Attorney General, especially when the current Attorney General Benjamin Kumbour is pursuing the same matter in court.
'As far as we are concerned the project or issues were approved by Parliament. Like I have been saying he is not the law and so my lawyers will prepare and meet him court for the court to decide.
'...For me he has no business going to court because by the constitution article 88 it is the Attorney General who is mandated to pursue issues of this nature and the Attorney General is pursuing.
'As I speak to you the matter is at the Appeals court, I see no reason why Mr Amidu must jump in.
'If it is popularity that he wants fine that is up to him. But as far as we are concerned we are happy that it is being pursued to the Supreme Court..' he said.