Awal Mohammed, a national Communications team member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has cautioned appointing authorities in Ghana says, the former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu’s appointment should serve as an eye opener to the Government.
In 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor. Ghanaians from all social strata hailed the appointment as the most objective appointment in the history of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
Though, majority applauded the President on the appointment, a section of Ghanaians especially his own National Democratic Congress (NDC) members opposed it. “They went to Supreme Court to challenge the appointment. President Akufo-Addo stood by him and followed it religiously for us to win the case.” He explained.
He alluded to the fact that, now Martin Amidu spent 3 years in office, drew salaries and allowances without doing anything. According to Awal Mohammed, Martin Amidu was given almost everything he wanted to function effectively but failed abysmally.
“Shockingly, his stock in trades was writing of epistles and granting interviews to give the govt that appointed him bad press. We were prevented from attacking him.”
“At a point in time he publicly said that he won’t send any former government official to court in 2020 because he will be accused of witch-hunting.”
“This is someone who was given an independent office that after his appointment the President couldn’t touch him.”
“3 weeks to elections, without any provocation, he resigned. As if that was not enough, he took the President to the cleaners and painted him as the “mother serpent of corruption “ without any basis.” He explained.
“He entered into a full swing campaign for his NDC. Trust me we lost a lot of votes. It was Allah who saved us. Ghanaians know Akufo-Addo as incorruptible and our performance also did the magic and we won.”
He believes that in as much as they don’t side with winner takes all, but appointing your opponents in a position is deleterious. The person doesn’t care wether you win the next elections or not. Again, it serves as a disincentive to those who suffered for the victory.
“We were given 4 years mandate let’s get competent people who are associated with our brand so that they can as well help us remain in power. I rest my case…. We can surely break the 8 in shaa Allah.” He said.
Awal Mohammed said this in connection with the disagreement surrounding the appointment of Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey popularly known as Abeiku Santana as the ambassador of Ghana’s Covid-19 National Trust Fund.
Meanwhile, an NPP group calling itself Alliance For Footsoldiers Advocacy (AFFA) has directed the Board of Trustees of Ghana’s COVID-19 National Trust Fund to reconsider Abeiku Santana’s appointment and immediately withdraw the Ambassadorial appointment of Abeiku Santana as soon as possible or have itself to blame in the coming days.