Anti-corruption campaigner Martin Amidu fears the president is working to block a prized opportunity to orally examine in court a businessman who is still illegally keeping GHC51.2m of state money.
He argued that the besieged businessman Alfred Woyome could reveal politically explosive information during the examination that could destroy the president’s re-election chances on December 7. (Claims by Mr Amidu that the Attorney-General abandoned a process to orally examine Woyome on the instructions of President Mahama were expunged by the Supreme Court as scandalous and unsubstantiated).
Amidu is set to take over from the state to examine Alfred Woyome on the whereabouts of GHC51.2million cedis he was wrongfully paid by the state as judgment debt in 2010.
Since July 2014 when Martin Amidu obtained a Supreme Court judgment ordering the state to retrieve the cash, the state has failed to do so.
After the state declined the opportunity to find out from him in court where his assets are, Martin Amidu in November applied to the court to do the state’s work.
His request was granted after the Supreme Court expressed disappointment that the state had not made any serious attempt at retrieving the amount. The court has set November 24, 2016 for a showdown between Amidu and Woyome.
But in his characteristic style, Amidu has once again written another letter copied the media in which he expresses doubt that the highly-anticipated interrogation will come off.
Titled “The President’s conduct after court order is more reason Ghana needs a new President on 7th December 2016”, the former Attorney-General Martin Amidu was unequivocal that; “The conduct of the President convinces me as a senior and foundation member of the governing NDC, that he would do everything in his power to ensure that the examination orally on oath of the lootee for whom his Government looted the public purse, may not come on 24th November 2016.”
“Mark my words”, he said in a five-page letter.
The former Attorney-General who introduced words like ‘gargantuan’ into Ghana’s contemporary political vocabulary, described Alfred Agbesi Woyome as a ‘lootee’.
He also described the Mahama-led NDC government as “constitutionally incompetent” because he has failed to stick to his sworn oath to uphold the 1992 constitution.