First, the politically desperate leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by the party’s monarchical General-Secretary, Mr. Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, fiercely fought against the appointment of former Attorney-General Martin ABK Amidu as Independent Special Prosecutor by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The obvious motive here, of course, was that since Mr. Amidu had been summarily expelled from the Atta-Mills cabinet with the collaborative complicity of the entire party’s top hierarchy, after barely a year upon his assumption of the portfolio of Attorney-General and Minister of Justice – Mr. Amidu had earlier served as the Interior Minister – over a rancorous argument revolving around the infamous Woyome Mega-Heist, that the Akufo-Addo-named Special Prosecutor would be hellbent on wreaking havoc and vengeance on the key operatives of the National Democratic Congress.
In the main, Mr. Amidu, who had been accused by his late boss of gross insubordination, he had gone against the grain or the official line by insisting that top party underwriter Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome be compelled to return every pesewa of his humongous loot of GHȻ 51.2 Million to our National Treasury. Well, when the Mills-Mahama Posse sobered up, finally, and realized that there was absolutely nothing that they could do to stop the rain, that is, the landmark appointment of their “bus-crushed” but still alive and well former colleague, the SADA Gravy-Train Freeloaders decided to use his statutorily “advanced age” to summarily impugn the professional qualifications of Mr. Amidu for the job.
Now, in the wake of the European Airbus SE Scandal, the operatives of the National Democratic Congress have deviously resorted to the comically specious claim that Mr. Amidu was a bona fide operative of the Atta-Mills cabinet when the payola-tempered contracts with the recently fined Airbus SE airplane manufacturer was signed. We even have the Executive-Secretary of the Kwame Karikari-founded Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Mr. Sulemana Braimah, telling the Akufo-Addo-led government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the general Ghanaian public that throughout the seven-year period spanning from 2009 to 2015 when Airbus’ contractual scam took place, it was the now-Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu who was the substantive Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and therefore there is a palpable pall of a conflict-of-interest cloud hanging over the head of the man who has just been entrusted with the mandate by President Akufo-Addo to investigate and bring to light the identity of the operatives of the Mills-Mahama cabinet who had been on the payola-receiving end of the Airbus SE contractual racket that had ensured that the largest European airplane manufacturer would literally and unethically edge out Airbus’ competitors in the airplane-making and selling industry (See “Martin Amidu Approved Airbus Purchase – NDC” TheHeraldGhana.com / Ghanaweb.com 2/9/20).
You see, the problem that Mr. Braimah, the Executive-Secretary of the Media Foundation for West Africa, has on his hands in mischievously pushing his tactical sandbag of impugning the credibility of the Special Prosecutor with what this NDC propagandist terms as “a clear case of conflict of interest” is that Mr. Amidu was in his portfolio of Attorney-General and Minister of Justice for barely twelve months, or exactly one year, before he was rudely and unceremoniously and corruptly booted from the cabinet of the late President John Evans Atta-Mills. The former would be further dogged by benighted acts of raw intimidation and harassment by Interim-President John Dramani Mahama, shortly to be appointed substantive President of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana by the William Atuguba-presided panel of Supreme Court judges that adjudicated the 2012 Presidential-Election Petition.
Now, the test case here is to simply establish the fact of whether, indeed, during the barely twelve-month period during which he served as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, that Mr. Martin Amidu had had any direct or even indirect involvement with the Airbus SE contractual racket. On the other hand, if it should turn out that, indeed, Mr. Amidu had appended his signature to any of the documents under investigation, then, of course, it would perfectly stand to reason or be in order to have the Special Prosecutor recuse himself from the case and have one of the fairly equally able Deputy Attorneys-General handle the Airbus SE investigations, while Mr. Amidu focuses his attention on other significant matters of national interest.
By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
February 9, 2020
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