- Martin Amidu has said in his latest epistle that Akufo-Addo asked him to withhold any action on Agyapa
- That, Amidu said, triggered his resignation after informing the president he won’t be his poodle
- The president, however, denied ever interfering with the work of the former special prosecutor
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Martin Amidu says the late former president, Jerry John Rawlings, was “the insurance” of his independence as Ghana’s Special Prosecutor.
Amidu resigned from the position on November 16, 2020, citing political interference.
Amidu said he was subjected to traumatic experiences after his conclusions and analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions.
President Akufo-Addo accepted his resignation and wished him well in future endeavours.
He also rejected the former special prosecutor’s accusations of interference, calling them regrettable.
But, in his latest 27-page letter, the former attorney general said he reported the president’s actions to the late former president Rawlings “who had always acted as a go-between, between the President and me in his office in the presence of a surviving third party.”
“Indeed, it was upon the former President Emeritus’ insistence that my mere presence as the Special Prosecutor contributed to reducing the rape of the public purse through corruption activities that I stayed in my position that long. He was the insurance for my independence of action,” he added.
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Amidu said President Akufo-Addo asked him to halt any further action on the controversial Agyapa Royalties Limited anti-corruption assessment report and that “convinced me instantly that he had laboured under the mistaken impression that I could be his poodle.”
Meanwhile, veteran journalist, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Jr, said President Akufo-Addo would win the upcoming presidential elections despite Amidu’s resignation.
Commenting on the development, Baako stressed that the sudden resignation of Amidu would not hurt the electoral fortunes of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the president.
“I’m not going to say win or lose because I know it will be a win,” he stated on Accra-based Peace FM on Thursday, November 18, 2020.
In other news, President Akufo-Addo expressed excitement about a recent poll that declared him the winner of the December 7 presidential election.
According to the poll conducted by the political science department of the University of Ghana, Mahama would lose the presidential election to the incumbent.
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